At its meeting October 10, the Lowndes County Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Amendment 1 to the Constitution of Georgia and the establishment of a state run "Opportunity School District."
The Lowndes County Schools presently has no schools eligible for takeover by this proposed OSD, but board members explained that an appointed OSD Superintendent with sole discretion to seize school system facilities, remove teachers, redirect local school funding, and hire private management organizations represents an infringement on local authority and control.
Board members noted that the state has been sued for having misleading language in the preamble and description of the amendment on the ballot this fall. Board members also expressed concern that the criteria for selecting takeover schools could change if the amendment were to be approved.
The resolution adopted by the board recognizes the need for special assistance for chronically under-performing schools, stating that "ensuring real opportunity for every student means providing struggling schools with resources that attract the best faculty and staff, improved access to health and social services, and enhanced supports for academic enrichment opportunities."
The resolution concludes: "Be it resolved, that the Lowndes County Board of Education opposes the creation of a state run school district, otherwise known as the "Opportunity School District," and that we shall strive to educate our community about the issues raised by this proposed amendment.
Copy of the signed resolution is attached.