From the Civic League for Regional Atlanta via the Civic Association Network: November 1, 2012. Amendment 1: Still undecided? Let The Civic League help! Amendment 1. Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities? What in the world does that/actually mean/ and why is it important - or not? In an effort to find out, we recently invited four experts to explain it to us at a Civic League Voter Forum in McDonough, and you can hear what they had to say in two videos now available on YouTube. Part 1 includes opening statements (here) Short on time? Skip the preliminaries by fast-forwarding to 11:30. Part 2 captures Q&A with the moderator and the audience here.
Our speakers were Gwinnett County Schools Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks,Georgia Public Policy Foundation executive director Kelly McCutchen, Georgia School Boards Association Assistant Executive Director Mark Willis and Families for Better Public Schools executive director Mark Peevy; the discussion was moderated by Ben Studdard, Chief Judge of the State Court of Henry County. All participants were cordial, well-spoken and extremely thoughtful in explaining their positions.
And, if you prefer reading to watching, here are two articles you may find helpful:
* From the Marietta Daily Journal, Charter schools: Vote 'no' on Amendment 1
* From Peach Pundit, Why I support Amendment 1, the Charter School Amendment
Remember, advance voting ends tomorrow at 7 p.m. Polls will re-open on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* Presented by the Civic League for Regional Atlanta*