Voters pass three out of four state amendments

Voters pass three out of four state amendments

As precinct after precinct reported that Georgia voters did not support Amendment 1, referendum opponents resolved to stick together to continue to improve Georgia education.

The amendment would have placed schools that score less than 60 percent on the College and Career Ready Performance Index for three consecutive years on a list and these schools could have been taken over by the state. They also point to socioeconomic factors, saying that schools in more impoverished areas are more likely to be failing and that schools need more funding.

Georgia voters decided not to let the state intervene in chronically failing school, voting Tuesday to keep these schools under the control of local school districts. "I have felt all along that this amendment was simply a duplication of services". Schools in the OSD would receive a per-student share of all local, state and federal funds coming into the school districts in which the schools are located.

"We're excited. This has been a long battle but in the end, the education community came together and worked together throughout the state of Georgia and we made this happen", said Amendment 1 Field Coordinator Velvet Riggins.

"I think that failing schools is a problem that needs to be addressed", Hood said.

The other three amendments on the judicial qualifications commission, the fireworks tax designations and sexual exploitation taxes passed. An overwhelming 80 percent of Baldwin County voters were in favor, which is right in line with the rest of the state with 133 of 159 counties reporting.

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