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.
The Georgia Senate is debating a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools. If the constitutional amendment passes the full Senate Wednesday, it goes on the ballot in November for voters to decide.
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.
The state House narrowly passed a bill Wednesday that would allow Georgians to vote on whether the state can approve charter schools. A different version of the GOP-backed constitutional amendment failed on its first vote earlier this month.
Lawmakers have introduced a bill that sets how the state could pay for charter schools. It’s a companion bill to a GOP-backed charter school constitutional amendment that, despite persistent opposition, is expected to have a second vote in the House Wednesday.
A state Senator has introduced a resolution allowing Georgians to vote on whether the state can authorize charter schools. It’s nearly identical to a House version that narrowly failed on its first vote last week. A state Senator has introduced a resolution allowing Georgians to vote on whether the state can authorize charter schools. It’s nearly identical to a House version that narrowly failed on its first vote last week.
State lawmakers could vote again as early as this week on a much-debated bill that would allow Georgians to vote on the state approving charter schools. Georgia voters have approved many constitutional amendments in recent years.
Democratic lawmakers are offering a rival amendment meant to address a state Supreme Court ruling that left a cloud of legal uncertainty over some Georgia charter schools. It would allow the General Assembly to create special charter schools, but would ban state officials from taking money from existing public schools and giving that funding to new charter schools.