Wow. If you want to see the two Georgias in stark relief, take a look at the AJC map on which counties supported and which opposed the charter schools amendment. The amendment passed 58 percent to 42.
The amendment had its greatest support in metro areas. It had its least support in rural counties and south Georgia. All along, rural legislators from both parties maintained that this was a metro battle, and the map shows they weren’t far off.
The amendment, which puts the state back in the business of approving and funding charter schools over the objections of local school boards, will have its greatest impact on metro areas where charter school companies are far more likely to set up shop.
The amendment won the support of 2.1 million Georgia voters. It was opposed by 1.5 million.
Sixty percent or more of voters endorsed the amendment in Fulton, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Forsyth, DeKalb, Cobb, Spalding, Walton, Barrow, Newton and Rockdale counties.
However, travel farther south and the margins begin to shift.
Take a look. Interesting stuff. (The map also allows you to see presidential voting patterns by county. Good job by my colleagues in AJC interactive.)
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog