The Georgia Senate passed a resolution Monday that would send a constitutional amendment to voters that would allow them to determine how much authority the state should have to approve and fund charter schools.
Monday’s vote was the culmination of an intense lobbying effort driven by the fact that the resolution, House Resolution 1162, needed to be approved by a two-thirds majority. It was approved by a vote of 40-16, two more votes than were needed.
Democrats had put up a wall of opposition to the resolution, but a pair of Democrats spoke in favor of it on Monday.
“I’m always going to be for public education, and that’s what this is,” said state Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Marietta.
Separate legislation that would spell out how the amendment, if approved, would be implemented has been passed in the House but has still not been passed in the Senate. That legislation, House Bill 797, would seem likely to pass now that Republican charter school backers have pushed the amendment legislation through.
I would assume the lobbying against the amendment is far from over as teachers unions will likely mount a campaign against, but legislators have done their part in moving it forward. Kudos to the Senate Democrats that went against their party to get this passed.