Published Saturday, October 20, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia Charter Schools Association has come under criticism for sending an email to school leaders asking for their help as the organization tried to arrange what appears to be a political ad.
The communications director of the Georgia Charter Schools Association, Nina Rubin, sent the email Thursday.
It asked charter school officials to identify educators, school leaders and teachers willing to publicly support a constitutional amendment that would allow state officials to create more charter schools. Voters will decide next month whether to approve the amendment.
Charter schools receive public funding and cannot use taxpayer resources for political campaigns. Supporters of the amendment have accused state Education Superintendent John Barge of using office resources to lobby against the amendment after he publicly came out against it.