Tea Party now against charter school amendment


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Opponents of the charter school amendment found a new ally in their fight on Monday.

Debbie Dooley, co-founder of Atlanta's Tea Party, said after in-depth research the group is coming out against the amendment.

The amendment, which is on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, would recreate Georgia's Charter School Commission. The commission would have the power to approve charter schools if they are rejected by local school boards.

"Up until six weeks ago, we were supporting the amendment," Dooley told Channel 2 political reporter Lori Geary. "This is not about charter schools. This is about control."

Dooley told Channel 2's Lori Geary that her group agrees with Republican State School Superintendent John Barge, who says the amendment creates another million-dollar politically appointed board.

"Charter applicants can already appeal a denial by a local board to their state board of education," Barge said.

Virginia Galloway with Americans for Prosperity disagrees with how Barge characterizes the amendment.

"To have seven people who are volunteers, I don't call that another layer of government," Galloway said. "If you have system schools and you're happy with those, you can send your child there, again it puts the power into the parents' hands, which is exactly where the power belongs."