published Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Georgia charter school amendment is favored by voters

An amendment that allows the state to form local charter schools is leading in Georgia.

With most precincts reporting, 58 percent of voters support the ballot measure, and 42 percent opposed.

The amendment will allow the state to re-establish a commission that could grant charters to schools. Local school boards will have no authority over schools formed, though they will receive local tax dollars.

Proponents of the amendment say it will provide more education options to Georgia students.

Opponents of the amendment said it will strip money from already established public schools, and reduce local control of education. Last week, a Dalton teacher sued Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal over what she called misleading language on the ballot.

Georgia previously created a charter school commission in 2008, but it was ruled unconstitutional by the state supreme court in 2011.

Georgia’s nearly 200 charter schools that are already established will not be immediately affected by the outcome.

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