Amendment 1 to the Georgia Constitution
Amendment 1 on the November Ballot to “allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance.”
Passage of this referendum will allow the implementation of a program called Opportunity School Districts (OSD). This program will cause certain “failing” schools to be taken over by the state and shifted from local control to state/federal control via the public charter school model.
If voters agree to this by voting yes on the November ballot, the state constitution will be amended to allow a shift in our form of government with elected representation to a non-elected council. This council will oversee how our tax dollars are spent on certain schools the state identifies as “failing.”
The bottom 20 schools will be considered every year for a state takeover with a maximum of 100 schools in the program at one time. However, this maximum could be revised by future legislatures to whatever number the governor feels is “necessary for student achievement.” Future legislatures could decide the annual maximum school takeover should not have limits.
In 2015 the Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 133 defining the rules for running the OSD schools. The OSD will remove local schools out from under the financial control of the locally elected school boards, where citizens have oversight, and place over $7000 per student in state tax funds in the hands of private companies called Education Management Organizations (EMO) who are accountable only to the appointed OSD council – not parents.
Get more info here:
- Ballotpedia – Amendment 1
- Georgia voters warned of ‘deceptive’ ballot question on schools
- Vote No On Amendment 1, Opportunity School District