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Lawmakers Pass Amendment On Charter Schools In Georgia

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File photo of Georgia elementary school. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

File photo of Georgia elementary school. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The Georgia House has passed a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to create charter schools.

The measure passed 123-48 Wednesday, garnering the required two-thirds majority. It now goes to the Senate.

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

A House vote on the bill earlier this month fell 10 votes shy of the required two-thirds majority to approve it. If the bill passes the Senate, it must get voters’ approval in November.

Opponents say the state should not create charter schools when public school districts are facing $1 billion in state cuts and steep declines in local property tax revenue.

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