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School board members, state leaders answered questions in public forum

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WTVM's Roslyn Giles moderated the event. WTVM's Roslyn Giles moderated the event.
A snapshot of the question as it will appear on Muscogee County ballots. A snapshot of the question as it will appear on Muscogee County ballots.
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Supporters and the opposition went head to head Wednesday evening on the controversy surrounding charter schools in Georgia.

Four panelists, including state legislators and school board members, answered questions during a public forum at the Columbus Library Wednesday night.  

The biggest issue dealt with funding for the new charter schools.

An amendment on the November ballot would give the state the right to approve charter schools without consent from local school boards.

Wednesday's forum participants included Muscogee County School Board Chairperson, Cathy Williams and Georgia State Representative Ed Setzler.

The forum was presented by the Young Professionals and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. WTVM's Roslyn Giles moderated the event. 

Muscogee County voters will head to the polls to vote on the issue on Tuesday, November 6.


The following is a sampling of the question that will appear on voter's ballots: 

PROPOSED  CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Provides for improving student  achievement and parental  involvement through more  public charter school options.  (House Resolution No. 1162, Act No. 762, Ga. L. 2012, p. 1364)

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

  • Yes 
  • No
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