ATLANTA (AP) -- House Democrats are split on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the state the power to create charter schools -- jeopardizing the bill's prospects for passage in the chamber.
House Resolution 1162 was filed last month with bipartisan support, but the House Democratic Caucus on Monday voted to oppose the legislation and create their own version.
Democratic co-sponsors of the original bill stood firm on Tuesday. Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, D-Austell, called the rift "unfortunate."
The resolutions are in response to a Georgia Supreme Court ruling in May that disbanded the Georgia Charter School Commission. The group, created by lawmakers in 2008, was deemed unconstitutional because it approved and gave funding to charter schools over the objection of local school boards.
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