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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 2:32am

Senate Debating Charter School Bill

Updated: 5 years ago.
A constitutional amendment allowing the state to create charter schools is scheduled for a vote in the Georgia Senate Wednesday. It’s the last step before voters would weigh in on the measure in November. (GPB File Photo.)

The Georgia Senate is debating a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools. The measure failed the state House on the first vote but passed earlier this month on the second vote.

If the constitutional amendment passes the full Senate Wednesday, it goes on the ballot in November for voters to decide. The legislation must pass with a two-thirds majority, or 38 yes votes.

The legislation would clarify state law after a May ruling from the state Supreme Court outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. The court ruled the commission was illegally creating charter schools over the objection of districts.

Supporters of charter schools argue the court's decision was overreaching. Opponents say the state should not pass laws that would usurp local control over education.


Jeanne Bonner