As of Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- Even with a high-profile referendum on ballots later this month, leaders have launched a campaign for a November ballot question that could determine funding for charter schools in Georgia.
Families for Better Public Schools began its work this week on the constitutional amendment to be considered by voters in the fall.
"As we get past the July primary elections, voters' attention will turn to the November ballot that includes a great opportunity to improve Georgia's education system," campaign manager Mark Peevy said in a press release. "Public charter schools offer more parental involvement and more accountability, which is why we continue to see terrific academic achievement from charter school students."
While polling data reportedly shows Georgia favors the amendment by a 58-23 margin, leaders plan to use a website, www.bettergaschools.org, and Facebook and Twitter efforts to share information about the referendum.
"We have a very active network of charter parents, students and teachers," Peevy said. "We will rely on them to tell their stories, because their stories prove that public charter schools make a real difference in the lives of so many. Their futures are brighter, and we should do everything we can to make brighter futures available to as many Georgia students as possible."
The campaign's Facebook page can be found by searching for Families for Better Public Schools or at this link: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Families-for-Better-Public-Schools/307417942687616. The Twitter handle is@BetterGASchools.