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Charter Battle Involves Big Money

Updated: 2 years ago.
Campaign finance records show that supporters of Georgia's charter school amendment have outspent opponents by a significant margin. Pro-amendment groups have raised more than $2 million; opponents have collected $123,243. (Photo Courtesy of Zack McCarthy via Flickr.)

Campaign finance records show that supporters of Georgia's charter school amendment have outspent opponents by a significant margin.

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve the proposed constitutional amendment, which would expand state influence over charter schools.

An analysis of campaign finance records by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that pro-amendment groups have raised more than $2 million. Those groups include national school-choice advocates and for-profit charter school operators.

The newspaper's analysis shows that opponents have collected $123,243, mostly from public school officials.

Amendment supporters have mailers, billboards and a television ad campaign extolling educational choice.

Opponents are airing a radio ad in which The Rev. Joseph Lowery says the proposal would "resegregate our schools."

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