ATLANTA --- Children attending about a dozen Georgia charter schools will hear this week whether state officials will allow the schools to remain open.
The schools go before the state Board of Education for approval Tuesday, just six weeks after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the commission that created the schools was unconstitutional. If they are turned down, the schools must close their doors.
Still, for the schools that gain state approval, the victory is bittersweet because it means they'll receive half their funding. Charter schools approved by the state and not their local district aren't eligible for local property tax dollars.
The state's highest court ruled last month that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission was illegal because it approved and funded charter schools over the objection of local school boards.
Georgia Tech leader named to committee
ATLANTA--- President Obama has named Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson to a national steering committee on advanced manufacturing.
The committee will bring together industry, universities and government agencies to find new technologies that will help manufacturers reduce costs and improve quality and speed of production. The committee will develop research and educational agendas for advanced manufacturing.
Peterson is a mechanical engineer. He also serves as a member of the Secretary of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In other news
ONLINE VOTING has begun to choose Georgia's new license plate. Online voting at etax.dor.ga.gov ends July 8, and the three license plates that win the most votes will be presented to Gov. Nathan Deal, who will announce the winning design on July 15.
ORANGEBURG COUNTY sheriff's deputies looking for a suspect in a killing found a moonshine distillery instead. Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said deputies seized more than 30 barrels of mash, nine cookers, a water pump, five propane tanks and more than 45 gallons of illegal liquor.