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Oconee County Chamber of Commerce Joins Board of Education in Opposing State Charter School Amendment

The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the resolution passed by the Board of Education asking voters to oppose the charter school amendment.

The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the resolution passed by the Board of Education earlier this month asking voters in Oconee County to vote against the charter school amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The Chamber included the BOE resolution in its Oct. 15 newsletter with the heading stating that “The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce Supports the Board of Education’s Resolution for the Purpose of Supporting Quality Georgia Public Education.”

It sent out a news release with that same date stating that the “Chamber of Commerce is endorsing” the BOE resolution.

The amendment is designed to create a new procedure for applicants who want to develop a local charter school or one with a regional or statewide appeal to go directly to a State Charter Schools Commission for approval, rather than go through the current application procedure.

No local organized support for the amendment has emerged.

For a detailed review of the amendment and both the BOE and Chamber opposition, go to Oconee County Observations.

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