The leader of the agency which accredits public schools in Georgia is meeting with the State Attorney General Wednesday afternoon. The men will address concerns over the transparency of decisions to pull accreditation or put a school system on probation.
Attorney General Sam Olens must now decide whether to pursue charges against a state senator who illegally claimed expense pay. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said agents turned over their investigative file on state Sen. Don Balfour to Olens' office on Dec. 14. Prosecutors must decide whether to seek criminal charges against the Snellville Republican.
Georgia is one of 17 states this week to settle a ten year-old tobacco dispute. The states had argued with four companies over payments under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. Georgia will get 56 million dollars for 2013 and the agreement ensures continued payments in the future.
State Attorney General Sam Olens has sent a letter to State School Superintendent John Barge saying local school boards can’t advocate or oppose constitutional amendments using public funds. Many school boards have been opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools that will appear on the November ballot.