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Judge allows school officials' campaign activity

Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob

By BILL BARROW
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawsuit alleging illegal campaigning by public education authorities opposed to a constitutional amendment on charter schools unraveled Wednesday in a Fulton County courtroom.

Five plaintiffs filed the case against every Georgia school district over some officials' actions regarding a Nov. 6 referendum that would grant the state more power to select private operators for independent public schools. But in an initial hearing, attorney Glenn Delk rolled back his arguments to Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob declined to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the Fulton system from publishing an online Q&A about the referendum. She declined to rule on anything concerning Gwinnett, telling the plaintiffs to take up their complaint in a Gwinnett Court.

Supporters of the charter amendment said they would continue challenging what they describe an attempt by local systems to retain "monopoly power over public education."

"We just continue to keep trying to let people know that it is not OK for counties, school districts to lobby for or against an amendment," said Kara Martin.

The fight is expected to continue in Gwinnett County. A court hearing there is expected later this month.

The Fulton case still could go to trial.

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