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Senator Sims supports education opportunity school amendment

The amendment is on the November ballot. (Source: WALB) The amendment is on the November ballot. (Source: WALB)
Senator Sims support's Governor Deal's proposal. (Source: WALB) Senator Sims support's Governor Deal's proposal. (Source: WALB)
The Dougherty Co. school board signed a revolution to oppose it. (Source: WALB) The Dougherty Co. school board signed a revolution to oppose it. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

The only Democrat in the state senate supporting the opportunity school district amendment defends her support of that measure.

Voters will decide in November whether to approve the amendment which would allow the state to take over chronically failing schools.

Just yesterday, the Dougherty County school board approved a resolution opposing the proposal.

Senator Freddie Powell Sims told WALB she believes this is a good way to improve education for students stuck in struggling schools.

"Those parents I cannot afford to move their children to better schools are trapped and it's not fair to those six something thousand children that are left in these feelings schools and it's not fair to their parents. They have no future," said Sims.

Senator Sims says failing schools are also an economic issue because when companies look to move to an area, they first see how schools are performing.

If they aren't doing well, she says the area loses out on new industry.

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