Yesterday, GA Governor’s proposed Opportunity School District couldn’t defeat bipartisan opposition, and in result the amendment was not passed.
The proposition was the Governor’s attempt to reverse negative implications of struggling schools in the Peach State. This amendment would “authorize the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing public schools and rescue children languishing in them.”
Had the proposal been passed, the amendment would have allowed the state to appoint an administration which would hold power over major changes, including the power to lay-off staff members and ultimately shut down certain schools.
In a vote of 60% to 40%, those in opposition to the proposal triumphed.
Bipartisan opposition fought against the effort, arguing that this process would severely diminish local control of the school system, a crucial factor specifically for minority neighborhoods.
The 2.38 million voters against the proposal recognized the effects of the increasingly strict rating process of the school, as well as the shift in control to the hands of the superintendent of the Opportunity School District/governor, in order to speak out against the plan and ultimately persuade residents to vote against the plan.
One local GA resident discussed why she voted against the plan by stating, “I felt like the teachers should have an opportunity to take their own schools back.”
As a result, the Georgia PTA, the NAACP, and the state’s teacher unions and other bipartisan groups had their way and secured their current local control of changes within school systems for now.