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By JESSICA CLARK
Journal Staff Writer
jclark@sunmulti.com
After much opposition from the state’s school superintendent – plus the Houston County school board – the state’s voters passed the charter school amendment Tuesday.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, the unofficial result is 58.5 percent in favor of the amendment and 41.5 percent against.
In Houston County, 28,869 voters said “yes” and 26,149 voters said “no” to the question: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?”
School Superintendent Robin Hines said he expects a charter school group would come forward to apply for the creation of a charter school in the county soon, mainly because of the county’s economy.
Hines said the school system is not opposed to charter schools, stating that the system has a charter school. Although, he did say the concern over the amendment was centered on funding.
According to Hines, the state-commissioned charter schools would receive 2.3 times more funding. He questioned where the funding would come from for the charter schools, saying traditional public schools could see reductions.
Hines said his fear is less teachers, larger class sizes and “possible local tax increases” due to the increased funding for the charter schools that could be created.
In regards to if the school system would see significant changes, Hines said, “Nothing changes here. We will continue to work hard to provide a quality education for our students.”


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