Bryan Long of Better Georgia is distributing a press release on behalf of two plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit today challenging the ballot language of the Charter Schools Amendment, which they claim is purposely misleading. Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, and Secretary of State Kemp are named in the lawsuit, according to the release.
The suit is said to be brought by Beverly Hodges, a Dalton School Teacher, and Reverend Timothy McDonald, a pastor at First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta. They claim the language used doesn’t accurately reflect the enabling legislation which would provide the underlying law if the amendment were to pass.
The press release presented, however, has a material error in what they claim is wrong. It says “The ballot language states that the amendment is necessary for ‘state and local approval of charter schools’ …” Whereas the ballot language says “or”, not and.
It would seem that if you’re filing a lawsuit saying the language was misleading, you may – just may – want to have the correct language that you’re challenging.