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Monday, October 8, 2012 - 2:22pm

Lawsuit Filed Over Charter School Amendment

Updated: 2 years ago.
A group of five Georgia residents is accusing the state's 180 local school districts of illegally using taxpayer money to campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools. The proposal would allow the state to create a new board that could pick private entities to run independent schools financed by taxpayers. Local boards currently control charters. ( photo courtesy of ywell via stockxchng)

A group of five Georgia residents is accusing the state's 180 local school districts of illegally using taxpayer money to campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools.

The proposal would allow the state to create a new board that could pick private entities to run independent schools financed by taxpayers. Local boards currently control charters.

The amendment is on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Superintendent John Barge has led public education officials in opposing the amendment. Barge drew the ire of Atlanta attorney Glenn Delk for explaining his opposition using a state website. Under threat of legal action, Barge removed the material.

Neither Barge nor the state Board of Education is named as a defendant in the suit Delk filed in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday.

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