As of Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- A group touting the constitutional amendment that will determine how much authority the state gets in approving and funding charter schools released a poll this week that shows public support for the measure.
In a poll of 400 likely general election voters last week, the campaign's polling team found that 58 percent of Georgians support the amendment -- results that match a poll taken by the group four months prior.
"Public charter schools are all about opportunity, and we should make opportunity available to as many students as possible regardless of their ZIP code or neighborhood," said Campaign Director Mark Peevy.
A member of the Gwinnett County Public School board, however, said approval for state charter schools is not the issue at hand.
"I don't understand people trying to tout this as some kind of charter bill," said District II Board Member Dan Seckinger. "It's more about whether you want a downtown group of appointed people controlling your tax dollars or if you want it left to local officials. It's local control versus zero-accountability appointed people downtown."
The FBPS poll showed that among Republican voters, the margin was 65-19 in support. Independents are one point stronger (66-19) and Democrats favored the amendment by a 46-33 margin.
For more information about the organization, visit www.bettergaschools.org.