Ga. Senate Delays Charter School Vote

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Senate has delayed a vote on a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools.

After two hours of debate Wednesday, the Senate tabled the measure. It can be brought up for a vote during any regular session of the Senate.

The legislation must pass with a two-thirds majority, or 38 yes votes.

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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