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Two charter schools denied petitions

ATLANTA - It appears charter school fight could fire-up Georgia's election battles at the state and local level.

All of it the fallout of Georgia's Supreme Court ruling last month striking down the commission that charters schools at the state level.

Despite protests from hundreds of parents, school boards in both Cherokee and Coweta Counties turned down charter petitions yesterday.

Cherokee Charter School and Coweta Charter Academy are two of 16 schools thrown into limbo when the state Supreme Court ruled that the state charter commission is unconstitutional.

In addition, Georgia's Attorney General appears ready to look closer at how one of those districts handled the situation.

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is reporting that state Attorney General Sam Olens will open an investigation into how the Cherokee County School District responded to a citizen's request for information under the Georgia Open Records Act.

On Friday night, the Cherokee school board voted 4-to-3 against Cherokee Charter School.

Earlier Friday, Coweta County school board members denied a petition by Coweta Charter Academy in a 6-to-1 after pointing to problems with the school's facility, transportation services and governance structure.

The moves come at the end of a week where the National Charter School Conference brought together politicians as diverse as Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and former president Bill Clinton.

The moves come at the end of a week when the National Charter School Conference brought together speakers as diverse as Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and former president Bill Clinton.

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