published Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Dalton teacher sues state for charter school amendment language on ballot

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A Dalton teacher has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Nathan Deal, accusing officials of using misleading language on the charter school amendment on the ballot days before early voting ends.

In the lawsuit, filed Monday, Beverly Hedges and an Atlanta reverend, Timothy McDonald, ask the state to correct the ballot language to “provide voters with accurate and non-deceptive language” regarding the amendment.

On the November ballot, the preamble for the amendment says: “Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options.”

The amendment, which has had bipartisan support and opposition, will create a state agency called the Charter School Commission that will have the authority to override local school boards to create charter schools.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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