In a long-awaited ruling, Georgia’s state Supreme Court voted 4-3 to strike down a state commission that could approve and direct local funding to charter schools over the objection of local school boards.
The Georgia School Boards Association noted in its press release that, “In preserving the 134-year history of local control enshrined in the current and earlier Georgia Constitutions, the Court rejected the General Assembly’s attempt to expand its authority to create special’ state schools and to define special’ to mean whatever it wanted it to mean.”
GSBA, through its Delegate Assembly, has a long history of supporting charter schools approved by local boards of education. “Charter schools, approved by local boards of education, that focus on increasing student achievement through unique programs can be a strong addition to the diverse educational opportunities offered by local school systems,” said Dr. James Pope, GSBA’s President and a member of the Carrollton City, Ga., School Board.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Get Schooled blog reported on the verdict as well.