Seven public school districts are battling the state in court over whether Georgia’s charter school laws are constitutional.
The trial began Friday morning in Fulton County Superior Court with arguments over how charter schools are funded and whether the Georgia Charter Schools Commission is legal.
The school districts suing the state are: Gwinnett County, Atlanta, DeKalb County, Bulloch County, Candler County, Henry County and Griffin-Spalding County. The lawsuit poses the first legal challenge to a controversial 2008 law establishing the independent commission.
The commission can approve charter petitions turned down by local school boards and move state funding from the districts to the charter schools.