Here’s the TV ad that supporters of the November ballot issue on charter schools are riding with, starting today:
Autumn – we don’t have her last name – is wearing an Ivy Prep uniform and is a student there, campaign spokesman Bert Brantley confirmed.
The Ivy Prep connection is important, as my AJC colleague Nancy Badertscher explains today:
But nowhere is the amendment debate being more closely watched than in Gwinnett, where one in 10 Georgia public school students are enrolled and where, arguably, the dispute began a few years ago.
Gwinnett school officials filed a lawsuit in 2010 challenging the constitutionality of the Georgia Charter School Commission, an independent body created by lawmakers in 2008 and given the power to approve charter school applications that local school boards had rejected.
The suit, which cost the district $300,000, followed the commission’s approval of an application from Ivy Preparatory Academy in Norcross that the Gwinnett school board had rejected in 2007. The commission also redirected about $1 million annually from the district to the school. The suit included six other school districts that had seen some of their funding redirected to charter schools they had not approved.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider