Opponents of Georgia school takeover launch first ad

ATLANTA (AP) – Opponents of Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to put Georgia schools dubbed “chronically failing” under state control are launching their first television ad.

The Committee to Keep Georgia Schools Local says the constitutional amendment on November ballots is intentionally misleading. They say an ad opposing it will run this week statewide, with a focus on Atlanta, costing more than $730,000.

The amendment creates a state-run district taking over schools based on student testing and other factors. Under the plan, an appointed superintendent can select up to 20 schools each year and make them into charters, close them or overhaul management.

According to state records, the Georgia Association of Educators provided almost all of the coalition’s money raised before August 30. But other advocacy groups also belong to the coalition.

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