A large amount of out-of-state money is funneling into the campaign for a proposed state amendment for charter schools.
If approved in November, the amendment would allow for the creation of a state body to approve charter schools over the objection of local school districts.
According to campaign disclosure forms, out-of-state donations make up most of the nearly 500-thousand dollars raised to support the amendment. Nearly half came from Walmart heiress Alice Walton. Tens of thousands of additional dollars came from several charter school management companies.
Admittedly, I wasn’t overly interested in charter schools until the last few weeks, but I’ve been trying to get up to speed on the issue and form an opinion. I’m for it. I’d ultimately like vouchers, but hey – baby steps. If the public school system isn’t getting it done, I should have other choices than quitting my job and homeschooling.
I think it’s cool that Georgia is getting national attention for something more that Honey Boo Boo:
Peevy also says outside money is pouring in because Georgia has become a national focal point for the school choice movement.
“There is a set of national eyes that are on the campaign. It has some national significance as far as opening up public school options.”
Supporters say the amendment is needed to ensure the state can create new charter schools without a legal challenge and schools that are denied by local school boards have another avenue to gain approval.