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Deal to Sign Bill at Charter School

The governor's office made the announcement today.

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Cherokee on Thursday morning to sign House Bill 797, which will restore the state charter schools commission if voters approve a corresponding constitutional amendment in November.

Deal's office announced this afternoon that the signing would take place at 10 a.m. at , which has been ground zero in the county's school choice debate. 

In a 4-3 decision last May, the , which nullified its authority to grant charters to schools rejected by local school boards.

The court said the state commission could not force school districts to pay for charter schools the local school board had rejected, such as Cherokee Charter Academy.

The school, located along the Sixes Road corridor, eventually  its doors for the 2011-12 school year.

On a 40-16 roll-call vote in March, two votes more than the two-thirds majority required, .

H.R. 1162 allows voters to choose if the state should have full authority to approve local charter schools. The referendum will be on the November ballot. During its April 19 meeting, the  approved a .

If voters approve that measure, the corresponding H.B. 797 will re-establish the charter schools commission and make clear how charter schools will be authorized and funded by the state going forward.

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FAST FACTS

Frank Jones May 03, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@Mikael... Fiction-charter school perform better than traditional schools. Fact-charter schools often perform the same or worse than traditional schools. Fiction-there is accountability in charter school programs. Fact-there is limited to no oversight as to charter school spending and self-dealing with charter schools. Fact-there is limited accountability as to charter school performance goals as the benchmark is low. Fiction-Charter schools accept all children. Fact-Charter schools can deny attendance of children if they cannot adequately provide the needed services. And if they accept the student the state wants the local school district to contract services to the charter school. Fact-Traditional schools are required to accept all students. Fiction-traditional schools are taxation without representation. Fact-traditional schools have always been taxation with representation, it's called the local school board. A state level, appointed board less representative than a local board. Fiction-the ballot measure isn't misleading Fact-that ballot measure does mislead as it states "state or local approval" and "upon request of local communities". Local school districts can already approve charter schools. "Local communities" implies a majority of citizens be really means a small minority. I'd keep going you're full of hyperbole and mis-information.
Flock of Schoolgirls May 04, 2012 at 02:27 AM
@Mikael Kient Do you have any thoughts of your own or do you just plan on posting talking points from all your Internet friends all the time. Your fact/fiction comments are all over the Internet. Seriously.

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