educationA class action lawsuit alleging that the language on the Nov. 8 ballot for the Opportunity School District violates the Georgia Constitution has been filed in Fulton County Superior Court. The lawsuit – filed by Atlanta parent Kimberly Brooks, Rev. Timothy McDonald and school teacher Melissa Ladd – charges that the school takeover amendment language “is misleading, subjectively worded and propagandizes the very issue being decided on the ballot.” The plaintiffs argue that the ballot language is intentionally deceptive – Amendment 1 will not “increase community involvement,” it will not “fix” failing schools and the Amendment will not provide “greater flexibility” compared to current public school models. The “fatally flawed” wording would therefore deprive Georgia voters of their due process right to an effective vote as guaranteed by the Georgia Constitution.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights will host Bills on the Ballot: What Am I Voting For?, a program sponsored by Hutton and Williams partnering with the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County. The event, set for Oct. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m, will focus on the upcoming legislative bills on the ballot this November. Discussion will center on the Safe Harbor Amendment, Opportunity School District, City of South Fulton County and Judicial Qualifications. The event is free to the public. For more information, visit this link.

Soul music legend and Atlanta native Gladys Knight has filed suit against her son to have her name removed the Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles restaurants. However, her son, Shanga Hankerson, is fighting to keep Knight’s name on the restaurants stating his mom has a “lack of mental capacity.” According to a report in the AJC, Hankers was arrested in June arrest on counts of felony theft by taking for collecting sales taxes and failing to turn the funds over to the state.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.