Posted: 6:44 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
By Jeffry Scott
Staff writer Wayne Washington contributed to this article.
Charter schools are public schools that are given flexibility in exchange for meeting education goals laid out in the school’s charter.
Georgia has more than 100 charter schools, and the vast majority of them were approved by local school boards. The state Board of Education can overrule a local board that rejects a charter application.
This Election Day, voters will be asked to consider a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would establish a commission to consider charter applications. Passage of the amendment would also clarify the state’s power to authorize and fund charter schools.
Opponents of the amendment say it is unnecessary because there are already two ways for a charter application to be approved. They say local boards, not an appointed commission, should be the primary place where charter applications are considered. And opponents say additional charter schools approved by the commission would take scarce funding from traditional public schools.
Supporters of the amendment say it is needed to clarify and protect the state’s power to authorize and fund charter schools.