- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal plans to sign legislation to allow a state takeover of schools described as “chronically failing” and set up a statewide vote in 2016 to authorize the move.

The law Deal is expected to sign Tuesday lays out the framework for the so-called Opportunity School district, should voters approve a constitutional amendment in 2016 approving the takeover.

Deal also plans to sign a bill that prevents local authorities from obstructing the opening of a state-charged school.

Under Deal’s plan, an appointed superintendent accountable to the governor could add up to 20 schools to the district each year and have the power to close, convert them into charge schools or overhaul management.

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