REP. WILKERSON TO PARTICIPATE IN SERIES OF EDUCATION FORUMS
Legislator to discuss constitutional amendment on November ballot
Today, State Representative David Wilkerson (D- Austell) announced he will participate in a series of forums to discuss the proposed constitutional amendment placed on the November ballot. The amendment seeks to create a new government agency with the ability to approve charter schools throughout Georgia.
If passed, the amendment will allow for the creation of a non-elected board, appointed by state leaders, to make educational decisions for parents over the objections of local school districts. These districts are already facing layoffs, teacher furloughs, larger class sizes, and shortened school calendars.
The amendment is strongly supported by out of state charter school businesses and others including Alice Walton of the Walmart family. Walton personally gave $250,000 to the cause. It is opposed by groups including Georgia PTA, the NAACP, and all leading educational groups including Georgia Association of Educators, Georgia Federation of Teachers, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and the Georgia School Boards Association. State School Superintendent John Barge and Rev. Joseph Lowery have also announced their opposition to creating another level of government based in Atlanta.
The first community forum will be held at Trinity Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. Trinity is located at 595 Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton. Dates for future forums will be announced soon.
MORE ABOUT DAVID WILKERSON Representative David Wilkerson was elected to the State House on November 2, 2010 and represents parts of Austell, Powder Springs, Mableton, and Smyrna. He serves on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Children and Youth and Retirement committees. Rep. Wilkerson is a CPA and works with the professional services firm of Resources Global Professionals. His children attend public school in Cobb County.