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Ga. Senate committee passes charter amendment

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Senate committee has approved a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools.

The Education and Youth Committee voted 7-5 for the measure Thursday, one day after it passed the House by garnering the required two-thirds majority. If the constitutional amendment passes the full Senate, it goes on the ballot in November for voters to decide.

The legislation would clarify state law after a May ruling from the state Supreme Court outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. The court ruled the commission was illegally creating charter schools over the objection of districts.

Supporters of charter schools say the court's decision was overreaching. Opponents say the state should not pass laws that would usurp local control over education.

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BuzzG 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank goodness we will soon be allowed an escape hatch from the Gwinnett School System. If you live near a very bad school, you no longer will be forced to move to get to a better school. The more options we have, the better off we will be. Now, legislature, please do the right thing and institute vouchers whereby money for schooling goes to the student rather than to the school and the student's parents can make the decision as to which school to send the child to. The only reason we don't have such a system yet is the power of the teachers union to intimidate politicians. The two things teachers unions fight to avoid is (a) measurement with accountability and (b) parent choice.

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FactChecker 2 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, BuzzG, teachers unions have absolutely nothing to do with the fight against charter school funding being forced onto local tax payers. State education dollars already follow students. Even religious oriented private schools get state educational funds. Georgia law does not allow teachers to belong to a union. The courts ruling only addressed the issue that taxes assessed for local public schools could not be usurped for charter schools that do not have the approval of the local public school system. The state can choose to fully fund these schools without any constitutional amendment. Please explain how a school that is not required to hire only certified teachers or follow other educational standards can be expected to exceed the performance of public schools. Testing proves that the average charter has been unable to accomplish this. In Georgia, some of the top performing charter schools are actually run by the public school system.

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NewsReader 2 years, 10 months ago

BuzzG, we don't have teacher's unions here. Never have, and by all accounts, never will.

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