Via the Florida Times-Union:
A poll conducted March 29-30 and released Friday by the Georgia Charter Schools Association showed that 58 percent of those surveyed said they would support the amendment when an interviewer read them its wording. But firm support is soft with 38 percent saying definitely yes and 20 percent saying probably.
On the other hand, 23 percent said they would vote no, while 19 percent were undecided at the time.
The poll of 600 likely voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates of Alexandria, Va., has a margin of error of 4 percent.
As the article mentions, opposition groups have yet to crank up their campaigns. Gwinnett School Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks has been public in his opposition for some time now. He blasted the proposal at GCPS’ 5 area budget meetings earlier this year.
Wilbanks concluded his speech with an impassioned appeal for parents, teachers, taxpayers, business owners, and community leaders to vote against H.R. 1162, which was passed by the Georgia General Assembly in its 2012 session, and oppose the campaign promoting charter schools. The proposed constitutional amendment, which allows the state to create charter schools, will appear on the November General Election ballot.
The campaign to create charter schools, Wilbanks said, discredits public education. Charter schools, he said, decrease funding for public schools and remove control of educating students and accountability for tax funds from local elected school boards.
The debate over this Amendment will be an important one and sure to be intense as we move closer to November.