The Failing of Georgia’s Educational Amendment One
The political year of 2016 has been a memorable one in many ways. With the closing of President Obama’s second term and the brutal and usuriously vicious campaigning of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump taking the forefront in this year’s conversation, many policies and amendments fell short of the public attention they deserved. However, in our state of Georgia, a very controversial amendment (Educational Amendment One) had people from all sides stirring well before it found its place on the official ballot of 2016.
Amendment One was backed in Georgia by Governor Nathan Deal, his vast amount of endorsement groups, and local Atlanta Chambers of Commerce. Collectively, the pro-amendment side raised approximately 1.2 million dollars to help the amendment gain momentum. On the opposing side, anti-amendment groups, like the well acclaimed National Educations Association (NEA), spent around $1.5 million on efforts to stop the amendment from ever making it to the ballot. The anti-amendment side also included most administrators or teachers who understood this amendment could drastically deter the students’ educational gain if it were to pass. Many worried this also opened the door for charter or for-profit schools, which inevitably drain money from the local schools and are debatably unsuccessful in furthering education.
Educational Amendment One essentially encompasses the legal right for government takeover of failing schools. If deemed necessary, the state can infiltrate a school or school system, replacing administration and/or controlling school funds and placing them accordingly. However, its appearance on the ballot reads much dif...
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...merica’s failing school systems. It allows for a continuation of student education without such drastic changes in school administration. It also encourages teachers and administrative growth as opposed to punishing them for weaknesses in the school system. (Stotsky 2015)
There is no ‘right’ way to tackle the issue of failing schools on a national basis. All across the country there are different students, environments, and circumstances that all play factors in the education of those areas. Because of this, no one can be certain what the most efficient way to amend issues in the educational system without trial and error. However, as the failing of Amendment One has shown, government takeover of schools has had many failing trials, and it is time for new solutions to come to the forefront of educational policy in hopes to remedy the flaws in the American system.
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