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.
Lawmakers and education officials gathered Friday to mull options for the 16 state-approved charter schools invalidated last month by the state Supreme Court. Officials said the schools have two short term options: Get approval from local school districts that originally rejected them, or become state special schools.
Georgia Supreme Court Justices are putting off a decision in one of their most high-profile cases. Court-watchers say the delay in the charter school commission case is highly unusual but doesn't hint as to how the court will decide. The case will settle the hot question of who has final authority to approve charter schools in Georgia.