Voters interested in learning more about the charter school amendment that will be on the November ballot are invited to attend a roundtable discussion Monday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library. Event organizers are by Rep. Pamela Dickerson and former candidate for State House District 94 Dr. Doreen Williams,
The amendment on the November 6 ballot will read: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?”
The event will center on the opponents and proponents of the amendment to help voters make a decision on how to vote on the controversial issue of charter schools. The amendment seeks to change the Georgia Constitution to give the State Legislature authority to create charter schools.
“This is a very important issue that involves a Constitutional change and it is very important that people are informed and understand the issue so they can make an educated decision about their vote,” said Williams. “This amendment, if passed, will have long-term consequences for our state’s children.”
Invited guests include Karen James, Political Action Chair Rockdale NAACP, who would serve as moderator; Senator Ron Ramsey, Senate District 43; Marc Pilgrim, Board member of Heritage Prep Academy; Marcus Williams, Teacher at Hapeville Academy; Verdallia Turner, President of the Georgia Federation of Teachers; Darlene Hotchkiss, Rockdale County School Board Member; Wales Barksdale, Rockdale County School Board member; Richard Autry, Superintendent of Rockdale County Schools; JaNice VanNess, Founder of Peachtree Academy, Rockdale County Board of Commissioners.