Shepherd, the attorney for the Griffin-Spalding County School System, made the presentation “Understanding the Charter School Amendment,” at an informational political meeting hosted by the Griffin Branch NAACP and the Xi Beta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Eighth Street Baptist Church.
Shepherd said the constitutional ballot question on the November ballot stems from the 2008 action by the Georgia General Assembly to create charter schools, which, he said, allows state-appointed bureaucrats to overturn local school board decisions. The charter schools were funded taking per-pupil estimates from state, federal and local money, which the state withheld from the local school boards.
The state “could even take away our tax funds raised locally,” Shepherd said.
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