Atlanta HBCU’s March On State Capitol for Charter Schools Amendment

Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta University students support Amendment One to give students better education options in Georgia schools during a rally at the state Capitol, Friday, November 2, 2012.

Charter schools have long been a controversial option to the public schools that students are normally zoned to attend.  When the charter schools began, education experts and school officials made the argument that they would be the end of the public school system or unfairly segregate students.

But, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse, and Spelman students see the benefit in the charter option and are fighting for support of “Amendment One” on Tuesday’s ballot by marching on Georgia’s Capitol, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  The current Georgia law commands that “charter school applicants must first apply to the local school board. If the application is rejected, they can appeal to the state Board of Education, which may overrule local officials. Amendment One, if passed, would create a third route for approval, an appointed state commission.”

The Amendment One rally was organized by Spelman senior, Alana Moore, 21.  She said:

“I have a passion in my heart for kids’ success and watching them fail in certain systems, in certain public schools, is really disheartening. I support charter schools as a public school option … for low-income students that is tuition free [and] has high accountability, flexibility and autonomy. I definitely support choice.”

She was surprised at the amount of people who came out to support the amendment, yet there are still some who are directly opposed to the charter schools saying that they will segregate white and black students.  Rev. Joseph Lowery, 91, still maintains that belief. He warns listeners in a 60-second ad campaign:

“Don’t let them resegregate our schools.”

Over the weekend, Lowery traveled with former Atlanta Mayor and civil rights leader Andrew Young,  to push for rejection of the proposed amendment. It appears that the charter school issue has pitted the new generation against the old generation’s ideas that may lack relevance in today’s society.

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-J.C. Brooks

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