A new poll, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, shows that a substantial majority of Georgians support the state Constitution being amended to allow the state to grant charters to local schools.

A poll conducted March 29-30…showed that 58 percent of those surveyed said they would support the amendment when an interviewer read them its wording. But firm support is soft with 38 percent saying definitely yes and 20 percent saying probably.

On the other hand, 23 percent said they would vote no, while 19 percent were undecided at the time.

The poll of 600 likely voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates of Alexandria, Va., has a margin of error of 4 percent.

Clearly, this represents good news for conservative supporters and detractors of the TSPLOST vote, as they will surely have to rejoin forces, on August 1st, to begin the activism campaign for this amendment.

The question, as it shall appear on the ballot in November, reads:

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?”

Some opponents of the measure argue that it will hamstring funding for local, public schools, while others have decried the idea of the state having such control in the decision-making process.

-Brandon Howell