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.
Georgia lawmakers Tuesday filed a constitutional amendment to address a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that disbanded the state's charter school commission last year. The proposed amendment would give the state the power to create charter schools and would allow the state to move money from public school districts into charter schools.
The Georgia Charter Schools Commission has shut down operations. Since the state Supreme Court ruled in May it was unconstitutional, the commission closed Thursday with the beginning of the new fiscal year.
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.
The state and a handful of charter schools are asking the Georgia Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling overturning part of the state's charter school law. Attorney General Sam Olens filed a request Thursday on behalf of Georgia Charter Schools Commission.
The state Supreme Court is expected to rule this week whether the Georgia Charter Schools Commission is constitutional. Seven school districts challenged the commission’s constitutionality, arguing only districts can approve charter schools, and they said the state is taking money away from other public schools. A lower court sided with the commission.
Georgia's Supreme Court will hear challenges to the state's charter school law Tuesday. Seven public school districts are hoping to convince the Georgia Supreme Court that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob was wrong to rule in May that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission is constitutional and is not breaking any laws.