Amendment One Language Explained

On this site, we have talked about the Charter School Amendment endlessly, but many voters will confront it for the first time today and below will be all the information they have to make a decision:

Provides for improving
student achievement
and parental
involvement through
more public charter
school options.

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia
be amended to allow state or local
approval of public charter schools
upon the request of local

The first part was put in by the governor, the second part by the legislature, and nowhere do you see what the amendment will actually do (recreate the state wide commission that existed before the Gwinnett County case). It seems to imply that without this Amendment, charter schools cannot be approved (“to allow state or local approval”), but regardless its vagueness leaves a lot of room for voter interpretation.


From an email to a constituent, Representative Tommy Benton explains:

“What can I say, People high up wanted this legislation. I was at the beginning of the meeting. I was the one who got Rep. Jones to say that if the bill were changed in the Senate she would not support those changes. I had to leave before the vote was taken to chair my own committee that was meeting at 3:30. The vagueness of the ballot wording is something they want to keep. They think if they keep it vague it will more easily pass. The wording has been changed from the time the bill was introduced. Even as vague as it is now it is better than in the beginning…”



  1. bird says:

    Umm. Excuse me Rep. Benton, but what stays behind the closed doors of the House Republican Caucus should stay behind the closed doors of the Republican Caucus. We all know that the Governor and Republican leadership know best and the voters only get in the way, but you aren’t supposed to actually tell people that.

    Actually, thank you for being candid about this. We know they are trying to mislead the voters, which at the end of the day, was the tiebreaker that determined why I voted against this Amendment. No one likes to be misled.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Closed doors are the wrong thing for a state government where monitoring or ethics is based on transparency.

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