Georgia is one step closer to reinstating a state commission to approve charter schools. Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Thursday that sets up commission rules and school funding guidelines. But most school boards oppose the bill and some have begun to pass resolutions against it.
Georgia voters will get a chance in November to decide whether to change the state Constitution to allow the state to create charter schools. The constitutional amendment passed the Georgia Senate 40-16 Monday. It goes on the ballot as a referendum. The measure would clarify state law after a May ruling by the state Supreme Court that outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.
GOP supporters of a bill that would allow the state to approve charter schools are still hoping the state Senate will vote on it before the legislative session ends. But Senate Democrats say they are unified against the legislation.
It’s unclear if Georgians will vote in November on changing the constitution to allow the state to approve charter schools. The state Senate Wednesday unexpectedly tabled a constitutional amendment after two hours of debate.
State lawmakers passed a bill last week that would let Georgians decide whether the state should approve charter schools. It now heads to the Senate where support is mixed. But the GOP-backed measure had rare bi-partisan backing in the House.
State Republicans and Democrats say they’ve reached a compromise on a controversial charter school bill. The new version of the constitutional amendment would stipulate that funding for public schools would not be reduced to pay for state charter schools.