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 October 2, 2012

Charter School Amendment Discussion


Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council (DCPC) and State Representative Tom Taylor are co-hosting a discussion panel on the Charter School Amendment.

When: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Meet & Greet at 9:15 AM
Program will run from 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Where: Dunwoody Public Library
Topic: Legislative Panel to discuss Pros and Cons of the Charter School Amendment (Ballot issue on November 6th Election)

Who: Panel representatives for each of the pro and con arguments are as
Pro Panelists, speaking on behalf of passing the amendment:
  • State Representative Jan Jones, Speaker Pro-Tempore of the House and author of the legislation
  • State Representative Mike Dudgeon, past Forsyth County BOE member
Con Panelists, representing arguments against the amendment:
  • State Senator Nan Orrock
  • Sally Fitzgerald, Georgia PTA
Moderator: State Representative Tom Taylor

* DCPC co-hosting is purely for informational purposes, and DCPC is not advocating an opinion either way.

Upcoming Ballot Question on State-Approved Charter Schools
There is an important constitutional amendment which will appear on our November 6th ballot concerning charter schools. A charter school is a public school that has been given organizational and curriculum flexibility to meet state education expectations.

If approved, the measure would allow a special state charter school commission to approve and fund charter schools. The commission would be appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House. Presently, local school boards and the state school board approve charter schools. Georgia presently has 103 locally approved charter schools.

The ballot question is as follows:

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

DCPC believes this is an issue of importance for our families and community and urges parents to educate themselves on this ballot question.

Opposing viewpoints can be found below:

NO -