The board voted unanimously Thursday to renew the charters for Odyssey School and Georgia Cyber Academy and to merge the schools. Odyssey is brick-and-mortar, while the academy is solely online.
They were approved previously by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which was ruled unconstitutional last month.
The state's highest court ruled to overturn a law allowing the commission to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards. The schools affected — which have about 16,000 students enrolled — are scrambling to get approval elsewhere or face closing their doors.