With the House leadership in overdrive to convert dissenters, the charter school amendment passed on a reconsideration vote today.
The battle — which is defined either as a victory for parental choice or an attack on local control, depending on your position – now moves to the Senate.
The Senate will easily pass the bill to allow a constitutional amendment that would enable the state to get in the charter school approval business. The Senate vote pushes the fight to the public arena as the amendment has to win voter support in November.
We will be talking about this amendment and what it does or doesn’t do for the next nine months.
Georgia’s House of Representatives passed charter schools legislation that would, if later approved by the Senate, send to voters a proposed constitutional amendment on whether states should have more authority to create charter schools.
Wednesday’s vote, 123-48, surpassed the two-thirds majority needed on legislation that would put a referendum before voters, and it came two weeks after charter schools backers in the House fell 10 votes short of the needed two-thirds majority.
“I think we have a good bill, a good resolution,” said Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones, the Milton Republican who wrote the charter schools legislation. “It took us a while to get here.”
Charter schools supporters turned to the General Assembly after the state Supreme Court ruled last May that the state-established Charter Schools Commission did not have the authority to create or fund charter schools over the objections of local school boards.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog