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Gainesville school board opposes Opportunity School District amendment
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The Gainesville Board of Education opposed the proposed Opportunity School District constitutional amendment Monday night.

But one member abstained.

Delores Diaz, board chairwoman, read the resolution opposing the amendment. There was no discussion.

Board member Sammy Smith abstained. After the meeting, Smith said the amendment is a statewide issue, and “those voters should educate themselves and make their own choice.”

Diaz said she called board members individually and asked their view of the amendment. There was no discussion of the issue, she said.

“We view with concern any legislative initiatives, which would result in or have the effect of limiting the authority or the revenue generating potential of local school systems,” the resolution says in its first paragraph.

The resolution also charges the amendment “if approved would give the state authority to take local control from certain Georgia schools and create a state-run school district” and “if approved, local control will be eliminated.”

It also says the amendment “will do just the opposite for the successful outcomes of Gainesville city students, and will not result in the needed infusion of state resources for the full support of local educational agencies.”

The Gainesville board joins 11 others in opposing the amendment. School boards in Rockdale, Jasper, Cherokee, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Newton and Troup have opposed the amendment. None of those counties have schools on the “failing” list compiled by the state. Bibb and Richmond counties and Savannah-Chatham, who each have schools on the list, also have opposed the amendment.

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