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HR 1162 - Authorizes the State to Approve Charter Schools - Key Vote

Georgia Key Votes

Scott Holcomb voted Yea (Passage) on this Constitutional Amendment.

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NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL IN EACH CHAMBER FOR PASSAGE. IT MUST THEN BE APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF CITIZENS VOTING IN THE NEXT ELECTION TO BE ENACTED.

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Constitutional Amendment - Passage (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes the State to Approve Charter Schools

Constitutional Amendment - Amendment Adopted (Senate) (40-16) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes the State to Approve Charter Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters to clarify the authority of the state in establishing "special schools."

Highlights:
  • Defines “special schools” as public schools that may include state charter schools (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes the General Assembly to (Sec. 3):
    • Provide by law for the creation of “special schools” in such areas as may require them; and
    • Authorize local boards of education to participate in the establishment of such schools under its own terms and conditions.
  • Authorizes the state to expend state funds for the support and maintenance of “special schools" (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits the General Assembly from collecting a school tax for the support of “special schools” without the approval of the local board of education and a majority of the qualified voters voting in each system affected (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “state charter school” as a public school that operates under the terms of a charter between the State Board of Education and a charter petitioner, but does not include private, sectarian, religious, or for-profit schools or private educational institutions (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes the state to utilize state funds for the support and maintenance of “special schools" (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits the state from utilizing local school system funds for the support and maintenance of “special schools" (Sec. 3).
Note:

NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL IN EACH CHAMBER FOR PASSAGE. IT MUST THEN BE APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF CITIZENS VOTING IN THE NEXT ELECTION TO BE ENACTED.

Constitutional Amendment - Amendment Adopted (House) (123-48) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes the State to Approve Charter Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters to clarify the authority of the state in establishing "special schools."

Highlights:
  • Defines “special schools” as public schools that may include state charter schools (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes the General Assembly to (Sec. 3):
    • Provide by law for the creation of “special schools” in such areas as may require them; and
    • Authorize local boards of education to participate in the establishment of such schools under its own terms and conditions.
  • Authorizes the state to expend state funds for the support and maintenance of “special schools" (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits the General Assembly from collecting a school tax for the support of “special schools” without the approval of the local board of education and a majority of the qualified voters voting in each system affected (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “state charter school” as a public school that operates under the terms of a charter between the State Board of Education and a charter petitioner, but does not include private, sectarian, religious, or for-profit schools or private educational institutions (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes the state to utilize state funds for the support and maintenance of “special schools" (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits the state from utilizing local school system funds for the support and maintenance of “special schools" (Sec. 3).
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE RECONSIDERS A PREVIOUS VOTE.

Constitutional Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (110-62) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes the State to Approve Charter Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters that authorizes the state government to establish charter schools.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the state government to establish “special schools,” independent of local school district decisions (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes the state government to allocate funding for the support and maintenance of “special schools” (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “special schools” as public schools which may include charter schools (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes the state government to consolidate county school systems into 1 single area system (Sec. 2).
Constitutional Amendment - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes the State to Approve Charter Schools

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