Richmond County Board of Education plans forum against charter school amendment

The Richmond County Board of Education is holding its first of several forums Oct. 4 to inform the public about a controversial constitutional amendment.

HR 1162 will go before voters in November, and if passed, will allow the state to establish charter schools against the objections of local school boards.

Richmond County school officials have come out against the amendment, saying state-run charters will divert money away from an already underfunded public system.

Board members have said they are not against the concept of charter schools but are against having a state-run school within a district without having control of the operation.

“If it’s something that’s taking away from public education, we can’t be for it,” Pulliam said. “We’re already hurting. It’s like a poor man that’s got no food and clothes sharing all his food and clothes with the neighbor. You’re not going to have anything left.”

Pulliam and board members Venus Cain and Patsy Scott are planning at least three additional forums across the city before Election Day, Pulliam said. A representative from the Georgia School Boards Association will also speak Oct. 4

Because the wording of the ballot question might confuse some voters, Pulliam said she the forums will educate voters and help them understand the consequences.

“We’re going to explain what it is, and we’re also going to tell them why we’re against it,” she said.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Richmond County Board of Education forum about HR 1162

WHERE: Board of Education boardroom, 864 Broad St.

WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

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

State Legislature: Details on HR 1162

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