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Charter Schools Bill left for Voters
April 13, 2012
Earlier this year, House Resolution 1162 passed the State Senate and House, placing the Constitutional amendment to allow state officials to create charter schools in the hands of Georgia voters this fall.
HR 1162 defines a state charter school in the Georgia Constitution; provides that a state charter school only be public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, and nonprofit; and regulates that the state is not allowed to lower extra funding to the local districts when a student leaves for a state charter school.
The resolution also addresses the state’s role in public education that was stripped by the Georgia Supreme Court in May of 2011. This overturned the General Assembly’s creation of an alternative authorizer for charter schools, and outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. The bill would allow the reinstitution of the charter schools commission if voters approve the constitutional amendment in November 2012.