News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- All eyes were on Atlanta Thursday night as board members from the Richmond County school district wait to hear a decision about charter schools.
Some state lawmakers want to take away the power of local districts when it comes to setting them up.
At Thursday night's Board of Education meeting, Richmond BOE members talked about a new report from the Georgia Department of Education that had a lot of new statistics on charter schools.
"It showed that only 70 percent of those charter schools made AYP this past year and 73 percent of the regular schools made [AYP], so that's an argument that we need some charter schools, but they need to be run and funded by the local school systems," said District 6 Rep. Jack Padgett Jr.
He says this report only helps their cause.
Columbia County schools are also opposing the charter school bill. Board members passed a resolution against it on Tuesday.
Aside from the charter school, another big issue for Richmond County schools is the possible privatization of buses. Members decided to postpone making any decisions about that until their retreat in March. The next school board meeting will be on March 13.