Charter school legislation delayed

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A senate committee has decided to take a little more time to consider legislation that could allow more charter schools to open.

Governor Mcdonnell's administration and some state education groups have compromised on the bill.

The original bill would have given the board of education the power to over-rule local school boards on new charter schools.

But the Virginia Education Association, the Virginia School Boards Association, and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents said that's unconstitutional and local school boards should govern themselves.

The compromise is to let the board of education recommend whether a charter school is approved or not, with the final say left to the local school boards.

The senate education and health committee will now take it up next week.

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