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.
In November, Georgia’s voters will not only choose who they want in the White House. The ballot will also include a question on whether to amend Georgia’s constitution so the state can approve and provide funding for charter schools. A new poll that shows that Georgia voters are closely divided on the measure.
The controversy over whether the state can fund a charter school over the rejections of a local school board will be decided in November’s election. Education advocates are split over where state funds should be directed.
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.
A poll paid for by a group promoting a charter school constitutional amendment has found that nearly 60 percent of Georgians support the ballot question. Voters will decide in November whether the state should have the power to approve charter schools even if a local board disagrees.
State lawmakers spent the legislative session focusing on a fraction of the students in Georgia — those at a handful of charter schools created by now-defunct commission. The aim was to pass a constitutional amendment to address a nearly year-old ruling by the state Supreme Court that outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which approved 16 schools before it was disbanded in May.
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.