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Georgia AG: Illegal campaigning could cost schools' money

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Attorney General Sam Olens wrote to state Superintendent John Barge on Friday, suggesting to his fellow Republican that illegal campaigning related to a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools could cost local school systems state funding.

The practical reality, however, suggests such an outcome is unlikely, and Barge told superintendents in his own statement that he doesn't plan to take any action under the laws that Olens cited.

The attorney general was responding to an inquiry from Barge. The superintendent had received written complaints after he and many education officials came out against a proposal that would give the state more authority to create independent charter schools.

Local school boards control the charter process now.

The proposed change is on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

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