12:23 pm March 30, 2011, by Maureen Downey
Update on the much-anticipated Georgia charter school decision: The state Supreme Court just issued an order extending the term of court as to this case “until further order of the Court.” The court gave no indication on how much longer the case may take.
The original case was decided from the bench by a Fulton County Superior Court judge last year. The state Supreme Court heard the case in October and was slated to rule by the end of this month. I suspect this delay means the justices are tussling over the complex issues of school funding and local school board autonomy raised by this case. Apparently, this announcement to extend the term of the case is unusual.
In her swift ruling, Fulton Judge Wendy Shoob rejected the constitutional arguments of seven school districts that a new state Charter Schools Commission that can overrule county boards of education and approve charter schools is illegal. The systems appealed to the high court where the case remains.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog
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