20 Charter Campuses Considered
(AJC) — They came with polished presentations and a team of experts, ready to pitch their brand of education to a skeptical state board considering petitions for new charter schools. On Monday, the last of 20 petitioners hoping to open schools from scratch next fall — on the public dime — faced an interview panel of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. A pending state Supreme Court case, filed by seven local districts that questions the constitutionality of the commission and its ability to fund and approve new schools, did not curb the interest of educational entrepreneurs who want to do business in the state. Only one school withdrew from consideration citing the court case as a reason for its exodus, said Mark Peevy, executive director of the commission.