Legislature set to Vote on Charter School Bills

The governor’s charter school revamp is headed for floor votes in both the state House and Senate after sailing through committees Wednesday.

The bill generally makes it easier for new charter schools to open up across the state.

House sponsor Mark White of Memphis says a new amendment authored by the governor’s counsel eases the economic burden on local school boards asked to hand over their students, and the funding that goes with them, to new charter schools.

“If they felt like too much money, too much negative impact, by a certain charter school applicant, would hurt them, then they have the right to reject it.”

The school boards would have to show their work – figures and logic behind the decision – and the outcome could be appealed.

The House version was approved in quick succession yesterday by the Finance Subcommittee, the full committee, and then by House Calendar and Rules.

That kind of rapid charge would ordinarily be barred, but those House rules have been lifted, a sign that the legislature is in the last few days of its 2011 session.

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The bill is SB 1523 Norris/HB 1989 McCormick, White, the governor’s charter school bill.

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