Say “YES” to Public Charter Schools on November 6th
  • Petitioned Registered Voters of Georgia

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Registered Voters of Georgia

Say “YES” to Public Charter Schools on November 6th

    1. Rae Harkness
    2. Petition by

      Rae Harkness

      Decatur, GA

November 2012


The Charter School Amendment passed by a large margin. Thanks for your support!

What will the November question say?
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"


If such amendment shall be ratified as provided in said Paragraph of the Constitution, it shall become a part of the Constitution of this state.


We need you to not only say yes, but to send this link to everyone you know and encourage them to say “YES” too!


Visit “Families for Better Public Schools”                                                                                  
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Our children's education should not be limited by their zip code!


Each child is different, and parents should be able to choose between a neighborhood, charter, magnet, theme or virtual school.


We as parents believe that our tax dollars should fund the schools our children attend by choice. Voting “YES” on November 6 is the first step to give parents a voice in education options in their own community.


The Charter Amendment will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot.  The measure gives the state the right to create public charter schools in addition to local boards of education.  


Statewide alternative authorizers are commonplace around the United States, affording public charter schools the true autonomy with proper oversight (accountability) not afforded by most local boards of education.


Local school boards don’t always approve good charters because they don’t want the competition. Some school districts have lots of good performing schools. Others, however, do not, and the bad schools remain open year after year, failing the students, parents and taxpayers of the district. Charter schools are held accountable. If they do not meet the standards they commit to, their charter is not renewed. In the same way that an unsuccessful business eventually must close their doors, unsuccessful schools should not be allowed to remain open indefinitely.  



Recent signatures


    1. Election Watch Party for Charter School Amendment

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      Ivy Prep Kirkwood is hosting an election watch party from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm. We thank everyone for being advocates for school choice. Kids are welcome, and Fox Bros. BBQ will be served. 1807 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30317. Phone: (404) 622-2727

    2. My Child, My Choice...Remember to Vote YES on November 6, 2012

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      We are just a few months away from an election that will give parents the power to choose the best educational options for their children. Get Ready, Get Set, VOTE!

    3. The Senate passed HR 1162 today 40 to 16!

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      This means that voters will have the opportunity to choose to amend our Constitution to allow the state of Georgia to approve charter schools denied a charter by local school boards. This is a major step toward improving the state of education in Georgia. Thanks to everyone for signing!

    4. Success! HR 1162 passed the House!

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support. The resolution was approved by the Senate Education committee and will come up for Senate vote soon.

    5. Decision-maker John Carson - 43 responds:

      John Carson - 43

      I absolutely support school choice and Georgia's HR 1162!

      John Carson

    6. HR 1162 will be brought up for a vote again.

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      House is out until Wednesday afternoon. We do not know what day it will be brought up. Keep signing!

    7. House Vote 2/8/12

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      I am saddened to say that the House vote of 110/62 was not enough to pass HR 1162. We were 10 votes short. We have asked for reconsideration tomorrow. Please continue to sign and share. Follow this link to an article on the resolution that makes mention of the petition that YOU signed. It DOES make a difference!

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. Full House vote on HR 1162 is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8th!

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      Please help us get as many new signatures as possible. We will send Reps the signature list sorted by zip code before they vote. They need to know their constituents are paying attention.

    10. House Education Committee Votes YES to HR 1162

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      Your support has paid off. The vote was 15 to 6 in favor of HR 1162. We still have to get it through the full House vote and the Senate. Keep spreading the word! Our voice is being heard.

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. Thanks for helping us get 500 signatures!

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      The word is out that parents demand choice. Let's increase our goal to 1,000....join us at Ivy Prep at Kirkwood tonight at 7pm to meet legislators and support school choice.

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. Exciting update! Rally tomorrow and meet three State Reps - HR 1162

      Rae Harkness
      Petition Organizer

      We only need 28 signatures to meet our goal of 500!
      Because of your overwhelming support, we have planned a community
      rally, and three State Representatives have confirmed they will
      attend: Rep. Alisha Morgan, Rep. Rahn Mayo and Rep. Margaret Kaiser.
      This is the perfect opportunity to show support, meet other parents
      and learn more about HR 1162.


      House Resolution 1162 is the proposed constitution amendment to
      support School Choice and to address funding for Charter Schools.

      Please join in a rally with Representative Alisha Morgan, IPA
      Executive Director, Nina Gilbert, elected officials of Georgia, and
      community and educational advocates.

      The passing of this resolution will impact public education in Georgia
      for years to come. It is a must attend event for parents of any child
      educated in the State of Georgia!

      When: Monday, January 30, 2012 ~ 7:00 p.m.
      Where: Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood, 1807 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30317

    15. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rebecca Thomas WOODSTOCK, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Parents should have the choice for our child's education. It shouldn't matter where they live! Bottom line, we want a good education for our child/ren! And, we're failing some children with our traditional means, so it's time for change! And, sometimes, local governments don't do what's best, so it's time for the state to step in and make GA not the lowest in America for education!!!

    • Polly Wallace LITHIA SPRINGS, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because all parents should have a choice of where their education tax dollars are spent on their child and all children should have the chance to thrive and grow in the environment best suited for them.

    • Sheree Crowe CUMMING, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      Too many reasons to lst

    • Cassie Gross SENOIA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      We are a nation that is blessed to have freedom of choice. Why should that be any less true when it comes to our children's education??

    • Linda Campbell MARIETTA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because education is not a "one size fits all" prospect. It needs to meet the child's needs and not that of the school board.


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