- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to take over schools dubbed “chronically failing” is moving to the Georgia House.

The state Senate passed the constitutional amendment on Thursday by a 38-15 vote, exactly the number required. The change requires 2/3 approval from both the House and Senate before a 2016 statewide vote.

Deal’s plan would let an appointed superintendent select up to 20 schools deemed failing each year and make them into charters, close them or overhaul management. Up to 100 schools could be included in the district at one time.

Louisiana and Tennessee use similar systems.

One Senate Democrat voted in favor. Other Democrats said it is too broad.

Education stakeholders opposed to the bill say the state should work with local officials and provide more resources to help students improve.

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