Friday, September 28, 2012

In the Spotlight: Georgia Charter School Advocates Join Forces With Supporters of the Film Won't Back Down

Parents "won't back down" from school choice. 

The controversial school-choice movie “Won’t Back Down” is inspiring Charter School advocates to  promote, advocateinspire, and expand educational options in Georgia's public charter schools. 

Supporters for the film  "Won't Back Down" believe turning around a failing school is everyone's business. On September 21 Atlanta joined a few nationwide cities to pre-screen this inspiring film. 

The movie “Won’t back Down” was screened at Atlanta’s Movies ATL. Following the 5pm screening there was an important education forum that coincides with the Faith Leaders National Education Policy Summit. 

The one-day event was being hosted by Stand Up for Great Schools, in partnership with StudentsFirst.

“This film demonstrates that a new, better understanding of the issue of school choice is rapidly
 pervading our society: It is a civil rights issue. Trapping poor people in bad schools perpetuates
 poverty, dependency, crime, and human misery. The current system is in fact an outrage against
 the nation’s basic values, and that is the stuff of great drama – and the rapidly growing support
 for reform the nation has experienced in recent years.”  S.T. Karnick, Director of Research 
- The Heartland Institute

To download a full discussion guide for this amazing film please visit: 

Georgia Charter Schools Amendment will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Georgia as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure (H. R. 1162) gives the state legislature the right to create special schools.

The official ballot text reads as follows:

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?

( ) YES
( ) NO

All persons desiring to vote in favor of ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote "Yes."

All persons desiring to vote against ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote "No."

If such amendment shall be ratified as provided in said Paragraph of the Constitution, it shall become a part of the Constitution of this state.

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