Tue., October 12, 2010 9:19am (EDT)

Top Court Considers Charter Schools
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
(Photo: Courtesy Michael Jastremski)
(Photo: Courtesy Michael Jastremski)
Georgia's highest court will hear the first ever legal challenge to the state's charter school law Tuesday.

Seven public school districts are hoping to convince the Georgia Supreme Court that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob was wrong to rule in May that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission is constitutional and is not breaking any laws.

The districts say the commission is taking their funding illegally and giving it to charter schools.

Charter school advocates say the funding rightfully belongs to the charter schools.

The districts in the lawsuit are among the state's largest - Gwinnett County, DeKalb County and Atlanta Public Schools - as well as smaller districts like Bulloch, Henry, Candler and Griffin-Spalding schools.