Judge rules for state on Ga. charter schools

ATLANTA -- A Fulton County judge has ruled that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission does not violate the state's constitution.

During a hearing Friday, Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob ruled from the bench against seven public school districts challenging the state's charter school law. The districts said the commission is illegal and should not be allowed to take their state funding away and give it to charter schools.

The state argued that the charter schools law is legally sound.

The ruling prevents the lawsuit from going to trial. Attorneys for the districts said they likely will appeal Shoob's ruling.

The school districts suing the state are: Gwinnett County, Atlanta, DeKalb County, Bulloch County, Candler County, Henry County and Griffin-Spalding County.