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WATCH: GA Amendment 1 debate on WTVM

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In Georgia, four amendments appear on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election. 

One of the most controversial is Amendment 1 - Opportunity School Districts. 

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., News Leader 9's Barbara Gauthier will moderate a debate between Georgia Senator Josh McKoon (R-D 29) who is for the amendment and community leader Marvin Broadwater, Sr., who is against the amendment.  

On the ballot for the Nov. 8 election, the question is posted as the following: 

Provides greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement. 

Senate Resolution No. 287
Acto. No. 309 
Ga. L 2015, p. 1498 

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?

To view a Georgia sample ballot, click here

Here's more about Amendment 1: 

  • Amendment 1 proposes a change to the state constitution to allow Governor Nathan Deal access to local tax dollars to help chronically failing schools.
  • The amendment would allow the state to take over failing schools and decide how to run them.  
  • The state would have the option of firing the principal and teachers and bringing in a charter school company to manage the school…or simply close the school.
  • If voters pass the referendum Gov. Deal would appoint at superintendent to run an “opportunity school district” consisting of the failing schools - with no more than 100 schools at a time.
  • A school  could only be part of the opportunity school district for five to 10 years.

TAKE OUR POLL: GA VOTERS: Are you in favor of Amendment 1  - Opportunity School Districts? Click here to cast your vote

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  • YOUR TURN ON 9

  • GA VOTERS: Are you in favor of Amendment 1 - Opportunity School Districts?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    26%
    117 votes
    No
    65%
    290 votes
    No opinion
    9%
    42 votes
  • WATCH: GA Amendment 1 debate on WTVM
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