Click to watch Barge explain Amendment 1.
Barge answered questions about Amendment 1 at a public forum in Macon on Oct. 11, 2012. Barge supports charter schools but opposes Amendment 1 because, if passed, it will increase the state’s education expenses by $450 million over five years even though 72 public schools are currently operating at a deficit.
Currently, 121 of Georgia’s 180 school districts are working on a shortened calendar and have lowered the pay for teachers through furloughs.
Charter schools approved through a politically appointed state commission would receive double the money per student as locally approved schools.
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