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Posted: May 3, 2012 2:43 p.m.

Gov. Deal approves funding for state's charter schools

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation approving a funding system for Georgia charter schools created by the state.

Voters are set to decide in November whether to change the Georgia Constitution so state officials can create charter schools over the objection of local districts. Lawmakers acted to put the issue on the ballot, arguing it would clarify state law after a May ruling by the state Supreme Court that outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

The bill signed Thursday is the "enabling" legislation that would re-establish the charter schools commission if voters approve the constitutional amendment.

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