By Tom Cox
Voters living outside metro Atlanta or larger Georgia school districts might mistakenly believe that the proposed constitutional Amendment 1 on the November ballot has little relevance to the their own children's education. After all, charter schools are virtually non-existent in rural and small-town Georgia, largely because charter operators find it economically impractical to open charter schools in areas without sufficient numbers of "consumers" (that is, students).
In truth, Amendment 1 will have very real and very damaging consequences for public schools throughout the state – especially those in the least populous and least wealthy school districts. By creating a new state government agency that will establish a new system of state-funded charter schools, hundreds of millions of dollars will be re-directed to those state schools and away from local public schools.