ATLANTA — With Superintendent John Barge under pressure for his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools, the Georgia Department of Education has declared its neutrality on the Nov. 6 referendum.
The agency is scrolling an alert across its webpage stating that it "takes no position" on the vote. The message doesn't mention Barge.
The superintendent has drawn fire for opposing an amendment that would allow a new state board to select private organizations to run taxpayer financed schools. In response to a complaint, Barge consulted with state attorneys about laws that limit the electioneering of public agencies and elected officials. Barge also has taken down an online explanation of his position.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Nathan Deal's official website still featured comments from Deal urging the amendment's passage.