Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) -- House Republicans plan to introduce a new version of a constitutional amendment allowing the state to create charter schools that aims to address concerns from local school districts.
According to documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press from sponsors of the legislation, House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones has added language guaranteeing that cash-strapped schools will not see reduced funding if the state creates charter schools.
The amendment is an attempt to appease Democrats, who mounted enough opposition last week to prevent the measure from passing in the House.
The amendment would clarify state education law after a May ruling from the state Supreme Court outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. The court ruled that the commission was illegally creating charter schools over the objection of school districts.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)