DeKalb County, GA, October 17, 2016 – The Post Reports – The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has assembled a collection of information regarding a ballot question that will appear on the November 8th General Election Ballot, a question asking Georgia to consider the formation of a statewide Opportunity School District.
“This legislation, if enacted, will have a significant impact for DeKalb County School District’s students and their peers across the state,” says DCSD. “In an effort to ensure our community is well informed, DeKalb County School District is providing the following information about the ballot question and what it means for DeKalb County Schools and other school districts in Georgia.”
Here is the information DCSD has provided (links):
DCSD says the information provided is for informational purposes only and should not be viewed as an endorsement by DeKalb County School District either for or against this ballot issue.
On the ballot, the Proposed Constitutional reads:  Provides greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement. “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?” [YES] or [NO]
This proposal authorizes the General Assembly to provide for the creation of an Opportunity School District and authorizes the State to assume the supervision, management, and operation of failing public elementary and secondary schools, including the power to receive, control and expend appropriated funds for such purposes.
It amends Article VIII, Section V of the Georgia Constitution by adding a new Paragraph VIII. A copy of this entire proposed amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.