Atlanta Public Schools on Monday became the fifth district to sue the state over the local control of public education and the dollars allocated for students.
It joins Gwinnett, Bulloch, Candler and DeKalb schools in challenging the constitutionality of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, the state’s newest public charter schools authorizer. The commission has been accused of illegally funding charter schools with state money meant for other students. Commission charter schools receive a matching share of local funds carved from the state allocations of the districts its students leave behind.
The school districts want what they think of as their money — never mind that it should be going to educate kids. In most cases, it is devoured by a voracious school bureaucracy; the same bureaucracy charter schools were intended to undercut and stamp out.