Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Cherokee this morning to sign House Bill 797, which will restore the state charter schools commission if voters approve a corresponding constitutional amendment in November.
Deal’s office announced this afternoon that the signing would take place at 10 a.m. at Cherokee Charter Academy, which has been ground zero in the county’s school choice debate.
In a 4-3 decision last May, the state Supreme Court struck down the Georgia Charter Schools Commission as unconstitutional, which nullified its authority to grant charters to schools rejected by local school boards.
The court said the state commission could not force school districts to pay for charter schools the local school board had rejected, such as Cherokee Charter Academy.
The school, located along the Sixes Road corridor, eventually secured the approval and the funding it needed to open its doors for the 2011-12 school year.
On a 40-16 roll-call vote in March, two votes more