(WTVM) - Georgia's Republican education superintendent John Barge has come out against a constitutional amendment to guarantee the state's authority to charter independent public schools.
Barge says he believes the proposal threatens local control and state financial support for traditional public schools.
The amendment is supported by Governor Nathan Deal and state republican lawmakers.
The superintendent says he still supports charter schools and said existing law allows local school boards to authorize the independent campuses.
More than 100 charter schools operate in Georgia.