Georgia's charter school amendment campaign won't be waged on television airwaves. But both sides are gearing up for a ground battle heading into November.
Proponents, including Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, are better financed. But the opposition has built-in organization, because it includes groups such as the Georgia Parent Teacher Association; state teachers associations; and professional organizations for principals, superintendents and local school boards.
The amendment would allow a new state board to approve charters for private operators to run taxpayer-funded schools. Local school boards control charters now, though appeals can be made to the Georgia Board of Education.
Deal and proponents say students deserve as many educational options as possible.
Opponents note charter schools are available already and argue the new system would allow too much state control and send more money to for-profit management companies.