Georgia Supreme Court declines to reconsider charter decision

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting today that the Georgia Supreme Court won’t reconsider its 4-3 decision last month declaring the Georgia Charter Schools Commission unconstitutional. The commission, the court ruled, empowered the state to approve charter schools over the objections of local school boards. Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein said that only locally elected boards of education were empowered under Georgia’s Constitution to open and finance public schools. 

The request for reconsideration came from Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, a move that even charter school advocates called a “Hail Mary.”

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BY Adam Emerson

Editor of redefinED, policy and communications guru for Florida education nonprofit