An official with the State Charter Schools Commission says as many as 25 schools could petition the panel for state approval by Friday. That's the deadline for charter school backers to get in applications to a new state agency. The process is open to people who want to set up their own taxpayer-funded schools but have been denied by local officials.
Campaign finance records show that supporters of Georgia's charter school amendment have outspent opponents by a significant margin. Pro-amendment groups have raised more than $2 million; opponents have collected $123,243.
A Dalton teacher and a Baptist minister from Atlanta have filed suit over the language of the constitutional amendment regarding charter schools. Beverly Hodges and Reverend Timothy McDonald are asking a Fulton County Superior Court to declare the language of the amendment misleading.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Gwinnett County school authorities and the Georgia School Boards Association of illegally campaigning against the proposed constitutional amendment to affirm the state's power to create independent charter schools.
A new poll shows a close race on whether to amend Georgia's constitution so the state could create more charter schools. The poll shows 45 percent of likely voters said they would support the amendment in next month's election; 42 percent of likely voters were opposed.
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.
With Superintendent John Barge under pressure for his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools, the Georgia Department of Education has declared its neutrality on the Nov. 6 referendum. The agency is scrolling an alert across its webpage stating that it "takes no position" on the vote. The message doesn't mention Barge.
Black lawmakers, civil rights groups and several associations of educators have formed a coalition against a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools. The amendment would allow a new state body to select private operators to run taxpayer financed schools.
After most Georgia voters decided against a transportation tax, political attention is shifting to a new battle involving charter schools. At issue is whether the Georgia constitution should be amended to guarantee the state's power to authorize and fund charter schools.