- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill authorizing a state takeover of what he calls “chronically failing schools,” setting up a vote on a constitutional amendment needed to enact the new policy.

To the cheers of legislators as well as charter school students and their parents from the Utopian Academy for the Arts in Clayton County, Deal said Tuesday in the Capitol that his actions are aimed at implementing an Opportunity School District to turn around failing schools.

He says 139 schools across the state have received a failing grade from the state accountability system for three straight years. He says few students from failing schools get high school diplomas, go to college or get good jobs and far too many wind up in prison.

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