One campaign has received much more financial support for its stance than the campaign on the other side of the issue.
Families for Better Public Schools has received almost $1.67 million more than its anti-amendment counterpart, Vote SMART.
The amendment, if approved by voters in November, will guarantee the state's power to authorize charter schools and establish a commission to consider applications for them.
The yes-or-no question that will be posed to voters on Nov. 6 will be: "Shall the constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"
Currently, charter school applications denied by their local school board can appeal to the state board of education. If the amendment passes, a panel of seven appointees will have the final say.
The difference between the two opposing campaign's contributions is vast: Vote SMART, the committee against the amendment, has received less than 7 percent of the funds received by Families for Better Public Schools, the pro-amendment committee.
Tom Upchurch, the former Carrollton City Schools superintendent and chairman of the Vote SMART campaign, said going against the pro-amendment side was like "David and Goliath."
"These for-profit charter school management companies from all over the country can just pour the money in," Upchurch said. "We don't have that. Grass roots is all we have. But the word is getting out."
As of Oct. 26, Families for Better Public Schools had received almost $1.8 million in contributions, according to the committee's donation disclosure report. That's compared to Vote SMART's $123,243, as reported on Oct. 23.
Rich Thompson, the committee's treasurer, said he thinks the reason so much more financial support has come to the pro-amendment side is that parents are "desperate for a change."
"I think we've got right on our side," the treasurer, who spoke at a Carroll County Tea Party Association meeting in August, said. "The return on investment has been minimal in our traditional schools. Parents are wondering why Georgia is ranked 47th in high school graduation rates."
A third of the pro-amendment committee's contributions have come from a single source — Alice Walton, the heiress to the Walmart company. Local superintendents, school board members and other voters on the opposing side, have called the campaign's funding into question, since Walton lives outside of Georgia.
Thompson said it's "hypocritical" to question Walton's intentions for donating, saying she's been a philanthropist for many years.
"I think it's ironic that so many people call that donation into question," Thompson said. "If Ms. Walton had given that much money to Atlanta Public Schools or Carroll County Schools, no one would ever ask any questions about it."
Walton is not the only out-of-state donor on the committee's report. Seventy-seven percent of the campaign's funding comes from outside Georgia's borders — more than $1.38 million, compared to the $408,470 collected inside the state.
That's contrasted with Vote SMART, where only 2.84 percent of contributions have come outside state lines — a percentage amounting to $3,500. Contributions of almost $120,000, or 97.16 percent, have come from Georgia donors.
Contributions to Families for Better Public Schools has come from 19 states other than Georgia, as well as Washington, D.C. Contributions to Vote SMART have come from Georgia, Alabama and Texas, with only one each coming from the non-Georgia states.
The pro-amendment contributions come from states all over the nation, including California, Virginia, Wyoming and Michigan.
"As more and more people are looking into it, they're discovering how bad an idea it is," Upchurch said. "It's just bad, bad policy."
According to the latest Landmark Rosetta Stone poll of likely voters, 47 percent of Georgians say they will vote for Amendment I, with 37 percent saying they will not vote in favor of the amendment and 16 percent undecided.