In a straw poll, voters in Georgia turned down a constitutional amendment to permit the state to open charters over the objection of local school boards.
Democratic voters, perhaps remembering that school choice was always the banner of segregationists, voted down the proposal. In Georgia as a whole, 56% of voters opposed the proposal.
The objections were first, and accurately, that money for the charters would drain public school budgets. The second was that charters would be against the interests of the neediest children.
School superintendents opposed the measure as well. They thought that it reduced local control by eroding the power of the local school boards to decide how local money is spent.
The vote will come up again in November in the general election.