The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, which had previously announced opposition to the proposed charter school amendment, decided to drop it’s opposition and stay out of the fight.
“With respect to all parties engaged in the issue, the executive committee of the board has decided the chamber shall remain neutral on this subject,” Jim Maran, president and chief executive officer of the Gwinnett chamber, wrote to board members Tuesday.
The chamber’s decision is a blow to opposition efforts.
“We obviously are disappointed, but I fully understand their position,” said Gwinnett Schools Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks, who opposes the proposed amendment. “I just think it means that we have to work harder to get the word out — and it just shows this is a state power grab.”
In more good news for amendment supporters, the National PTA modified it’s support for charter school to include those authorized by alternate authorizing agencies. The proposed amendment would allow the State of Georgia to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards. The National PTA said:
The intent of the position statement, as articulated in the opening paragraph, is to express National PTA’s support for public charter schools as one of many education reform strategies and support for any and all PTA units or individual members operating within or affiliated with public charter schools. This support extends to all authorizing bodies and public charter schools, with stated preference to the principles outlined in subsequent sections of the statement.
See this Education Week article for more.