NAACP opposes charter school amendment

A resolution opposing the charter school amendment on next month’s ballot was passed Saturday by the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP.

“This amendment is not about fixing the schools and school systems, but is designed to decide who gets to spend our hard earned tax dollars for ‘special schools,’ which are not under the control of local school boards,’’ the NAACP resolution stated. It asked its delegates to urge voters in their communities to vote against the constitutional change.

The opposition is consistent with many individual Georgia NAACP branches, such as one in Augusta, that have expressed problems with the proposed state change. Dr. Charles Smith Sr., Augusta branch president, said his group hopes to hold a public forum on the issue Monday.