Georgia charter-school law would be different from other states’

Source: Wayne Washington, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 18, 2013

Georgia could become the only state to force local school boards to consider petitions to transform non-failing traditional public schools into charter schools. Seven states have so-called “parent-trigger” laws on their books, though only one of them, California’s, has been used to change a school.

California, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas all allow parents to start a process that could change a traditional public school into a charter school. But in each of those states, where the law is fairly new, the parents could trigger that process only if the public school is, in some way, determined to be a failing school.

Legislation written by Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, would let parents and teachers trigger that charter process in any public school in the state. Lindsey’s legislation, House Bill 123, has already passed the state House of Representatives and is scheduled to be discussed in the Senate Education and Youth Committee today….