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Lawsuit filed against Ga. districts in charter campaign

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BILL BARROW
Associated Press
    
ATLANTA (AP) - A group of five Georgia residents is accusing the state's 180 local school districts of illegally using taxpayer money to campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools.
    
The proposal would allow the state to create a new board that could pick private entities to run independent schools financed by taxpayers. Local boards currently control charters.
    
The amendment is on the Nov. 6 ballot.
    
Superintendent John Barge has led public education officials in opposing the amendment. Barge drew the ire of Atlanta attorney Glenn Delk for explaining his opposition using a state website. Under threat of legal action, Barge removed the material.
    
Neither Barge nor the state Board of Education is named as a defendant in the suit Delk filed in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday.

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10/8/2012 2:45:52 PM (GMT -4:00)

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