Parents, homevoters, and public school employees: An analysis of voting patterns in the 2012 Georgia Charter Schools Amendment Referendum
Journal of School Choice
Georgia’s 2012 Charter Schools Amendment was the first successful statewide school choice referendum in the United States. This amendment permitted the state to authorize new charter schools, thereby creating a way for charter creators to bypass local school boards. This study analyzes voting on this state constitutional amendment and finds that support was higher among counties with lower achieving public schools, more school-aged children, more adults having college degrees, more private school enrollment, more homeowners, and lower public school employment. There was also a positive correlation between Democratic voters and support for the amendment–this result differs from previous research and the heavily Republican legislative vote authorizing the public referendum.
Conaway, B., Scafidi, B. & Stephenson, E. F. (2016). Parents, homevoters, and public school employees: An analysis of voting patterns in the 2012 Georgia Charter Schools Amendment Referendum. Journal of School Choice, 10(2): 249-269.