Posted November 8, 2016 09:13 pm - Updated November 8, 2016 09:22 pm

BLOG: Opportunity school district failing

Voters all over the state seem to be strongly rejecting a proposed state constitutional amendment that would create a so-called "Opportunity School District" for so-called "failing" schools. Backed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the amendment would have authorized a special school district of up to 100 schools under the control of a superintendent appointed by the governor. But in early results from counties all over the state, the measure is failing by a wide margin - in Republican counties and Democratic alike. In heavily Republican Barrow County, for example, 62 percent of voters are saying "no" in partial results; in Fulton County, where about 70 percent of voters were going for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, more than 56 percent of voters were saying no to the Opportunity School District. The amendment had been criticized by educational groups, who dubbed it the "Occupy School District." The amendment would reduce local control of schools, said opponents, and would have created a district of mainly high-minority, high-poverty schools, mainly in inner-city areas. One Clarke County elementary school was on a list of candidate schools the governor's office released early this year.