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.
Voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution on how Georgia does business. The ballot question says it will allow the state to save taxpayer funds through multi year real estate rental agreements.
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.
State Attorney General Sam Olens has sent a letter to State School Superintendent John Barge saying local school boards can’t advocate or oppose constitutional amendments using public funds. Many school boards have been opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools that will appear on the November ballot.
A spokesman for state Superintendent John Barge says his boss has reached an agreement with Attorney General Sam Olens on the school chief's political activity regarding a statewide referendum on charter schools.
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.
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.