Georgia charter school decision could set national precedent By Elizabeth Prann Published March 11, 2012 | FoxNews.com
The Georgia Legislature is hotly debating a bill that would allow the state to cover the costs of charter schools even if local school boards reject them, setting up a case that could set national precedent on educational reform.
The legislation to amend the state constitution would allow the Peach State to create its own parallel K-12 system to local boards, drawing on the same limited pool of Georgia’s taxpayer funds — a decision that the Georgia Supreme Court said was illegal just one year ago.
Interesting to see how this plays out in Georgia! I wonder with Delaware charter schools now expanding to K-12 like Newark and Odyssey charters will the next move be a charter school district. Might make sense because, surely there will be some traditional schools drained of students by charters that would render them too expensive to maintain. So what will happen? Will a charter school organizations takeover traditional school buildings? Honestly, I am really surprise that Charter School of Wilmington didn’t do a K-12 thing! CSD will be hurting with the expansion of NCS and the mega charter school coming to Wilmington. Also, the conversion of the Chrysler Newark plant to education center and the mega charter in Wilmington pulls about 2.3 million dollar off the property tax table. If 1000 CSD student moved to charters that’s about another 9 million dollars shift in local funds to charters. Choices would be another operational referendum, closing some schools or financial default and a state takeover?
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