Hundreds of charter school proponents rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday morning in opposition to a recent ruling that puts the future of the schools in jeopardy.
On Monday, the state Supreme Court struck down the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, calling it unconstitutional for the commission to create charter schools and direct public funding to them.
The decision does not affect the roughly 160 charter school approved by local school boards, but the case could affect thousands of students and reshape the way the state's public schools are funded.
At least three hundred protesters crammed the Capitol steps, saying the ruling will not end their fight. Several state senators also stood in support of charter schools.
"What I want you to do is keep coming back to the Capitol day after day until you find 120 people in the house and 38 senators that will say ‘yes,'" state Sen. Chip Rogers said.
Most of the charter schools affected have pledged to appeal to local districts so that they remain open.