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Supporters, opponents debate charter schools amendment

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With Election Day looming, supporters and opponents of the charter schools amendment are stepping up their campaigns.

Supporters and opponents of a proposal amendment involving charter schools gathered at the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday. If passed, the amendment would spell out the state's authority to create charter schools over the objections of local school systems.

A group of pastors gathered at the steps of the Capitol to lend their support to the charter schools amendment.

"We should not have to bow down to folks telling us this is about race. This is about politics. When it comes to our children's future and when it comes to Georgia being number one in the country and education, it's not about race. It's not about politics. It's about giving our children options to move into the 21st century education," said amendment supporter Reverend Tony Lowden.

Just outside the Capitol entrance, NAACP leaders and some state Democratic lawmakers made a new appeal for voters to reject the charter schools amendment.

"If this amendment passes, you're going to be taking more resources, more dollars, from the public school system," said Edward DuBose of the Georgia NAACP.

Opponents argue the measure would mean less money for remaining public schools, and they contend an expansion of charters could lead to re-segregation to public schools.

"We see African-Americans pushed out front in press conferences and everything, but the fact of the matter, research shows charter schools re-segregate public schools or aggravate segregation," said Ga. state Senator Vincent Fort, who opposes the measure.

The charter schools measure would spell out the state's authority to create charter schools over the objection of local school systems.

Early voting continues Thursday and Friday in advance of the election next Tuesday.

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