Alabama House panel approves charter school bill
by Bob Johnson
Associated Press
Apr 05, 2012 | 5514 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, left, talks with Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery. Brewbaker is the sponsor of a bill that would pull the state out of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. (Photo by Dave Martin / The Associated Press)
Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, left, talks with Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery. Brewbaker is the sponsor of a bill that would pull the state out of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. (Photo by Dave Martin / The Associated Press)
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MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Alabama Legislature has taken the first step toward passing legislation that would authorize 20 charter schools in Alabama.

These would be taxpayer-funded schools that would operate outside the regulations most public schools must follow.

The House Ways and Means-Education Committee voted 9-6 Thursday morning to approve the measure that now goes to the full House. The creation of charter schools is supported by Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and by GOP legislative leadership. The Alabama Education Association and most Democrats in the Legislature oppose the measure.

The committee vote was mostly along party lines with only Republican Rep. Jeremy Oden of Vinemont switching sides and voting against the bill.

Democrats complained the bill was rushed to a vote and more time was needed to study the issue.
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