Ga. Senate to vote on charter schools measure

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Senate is expected to vote on a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools.

If the constitutional amendment passes the full Senate on Wednesday, it goes on the ballot in November for voters to decide. The legislation must pass with a two-thirds majority, or 38 yes votes.

The legislation would clarify state law after a May ruling from the state Supreme Court outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. The court ruled the commission was illegally creating charter schools over the objection of districts.

Supporters of charter schools say the court's decision was overreaching. Opponents say the state should not pass laws that would usurp local control over education.