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Georgia Voters To Decide New Charter School Issue

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File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: ADAM JAN/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: ADAM JAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) - After most Georgia voters decided against a transportation tax, political attention is shifting to a new battle involving charter schools.

At issue is whether the Georgia constitution should be amended to guarantee the state’s power to authorize and fund charter schools.

Officials say Georgia voters will decide the issue when they go to the polls in November.

Backers of the constitutional amendment fear that without a stamp of approval from voters this fall, the state’s power to authorize and fund charter schools could come under legal threat.

Opponents maintain that charter schools take money from the public school system, and many Democrats oppose the new amendment.

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