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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 3:45am

Charter School Amendment Filed

Georgia lawmakers Tuesday filed a constitutional amendment to address a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that disbanded the state's charter school commission last year.

The proposed amendment would give the state the power to create charter schools and would allow the state to move money from public school districts into charter schools.

The state's highest court ruled in May that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission created by the legislature in 2008 was unconstitutional because it approved and gave local tax dollars to the charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

State Rep. Alisha T. Morgan (D-Austell), who is co-sponsoring the legislation, said the amendment was filed Tuesday, a day before hundreds of charter school supporters are expected to rally at the state Capitol.

The 10 a.m. rally Wednesday is part of events for National School Choice Week being held across the country.

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