The deadline is approaching for charter school operators to submit applications to run independent public schools authorized by the state. Prospective operators must hand deliver or mail their requests Georgia's Charter School Commission by the end of Friday. The deadline marks the latest milestone in the state's expansion of non-traditional public schools.
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 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.
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.
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.
Supporters and foes of a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to approve charter schools are gearing up for public campaigns. It was one of the most hotly-debated issues of this year’s legislative session, and both sides will pull out all t
The state Senate has approved a new funding system to support new charter schools in Georgia. The legislation approved Monday by a vote of 38-14 now heads back to the House for final approval. Voters will decide in November whether to change the Georgia Constitution so state officials can create new charter schools.
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.