ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia voters defeated Amendment 1 Tuesday.
The state constitutional amendment has stirred up a lot of controversy.
Had it passed, it would have allowed the state to take over local schools considered "chronically failing" based on standardized testing results and reading and math levels of students.
The field coordinator of the effort to defeat the amendment in the Albany area said that by voting no, it shows that the public understands the importance of local school governance.
"We're excited. This has been a long battle but in the end, the education community came together and worked together throughout the state of Georgia and we made this happen," said Amendment 1 Field Coordinator Velvet Riggins.
"All of us are against failing schools. The only thing is we didn't feel that this is the proper approach to address a problem that is systemic in Georgia," said State Representative Winfred Dukes.
Several local leaders who worked hard to fight the amendment gathered at a Democratic Party election night watch party Tuesday night and were ecstatic with the results.
Over 2 million people voted "no" on the amendment, which was 60% of the votes cast.