House panel expected to vote on charter schools

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A House committee is expected to vote on
a bill endorsed by Gov. Bob Riley to create charter schools in Alabama.

The House Education Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote during its meeting Wednesday on the bill to establish a process for creating charter schools in the state.

Charter schools are public schools that don't have to follow the
same rules as other schools.

Riley has said charter schools can reach out to students in failing school systems by trying new approaches to help them achieve.

The state's teachers union, the Alabama Education Association,
has opposed creating charter schools.

The bill is expected to have a hard time passing the education appropriations committee, whose members take sides with AEA on most legislation.

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