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Georgia voters reject state takeovers of failing schools

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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia voters have rejected a constitutional amendment allowing the state to take over low-performing schools.
    
Opponents funneled more than $4.4 million into the state for ads attacking Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal. Deal and his allies pitched the plan as a lifeline to children attending low-performing schools. Supporters reported spending more than $3 million on their own ads but got outspent.
    
Teachers' organizations and other education groups said a state takeover would silence parents' voices.
    
Similar programs are used in Louisiana and Tennessee. A superintendent appointed by the governor can make up to 20 schools each year into charters, close them or overhaul management.
    
Opponents pointed to mixed results in other states and said lawmakers' funding cuts weakened schools. Supporters argued that local officials had years to improve schools independently.

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