Ad battle over Georgia school takeover amendment picks up

ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to put Georgia schools dubbed “chronically failing” are pouring more money into advertising across the state.

The Committee to Keep Georgia Schools Local released its second ad on Tuesday. Officials with the group say they’re spending more than $633,000 this week.

Almost all the group’s fundraising so far came from the Georgia Association of Educators. Other advocacy groups also are participating.

The constitutional amendment on November ballots creates a state-run district able to take 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.

Deal’s allies also launched an aggressive ad campaign this month and plan to continue through Election Day.

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