Charter Schools Get State Help in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) _Governor Sonny Perdue signed three bills Tuesday
designed to give charter schools a boost.
One allows charter school applicants rejected by their local
board of education to seek approval before a newly-formed state
charter commission.
The second bill paves the way for a state program to provide
matching funds to charter school organizations for capital
improvements or construction.
The third makes staff at charter schools eligible for the State
Health Benefit Plan.
Perdue says that taken together the three bills give parents
more options and will improve student achievement.
Georgia has 70 charter schools in operation. State education
officials say that will rise to more than 100 next year.