Fight for Charter Schools ends

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

For now, Alabama Governor Bob Riley's fight for charter schools is dead.

Wednesday, the State Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee killed their version of the bill a week after the House did.

The state of Alabama currently does not have charter schools.

A bill could have changed that, but it died in the Senate Committee; some superintendents are relieved.

The legislation basically said new charter schools would be run by the state, not local school systems.

That could cause problems since charter schools are defined as public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools.

"In Alabama, we have a difficult time right now funding Public Schools. I think it would be virtually impossible trying to fund those with the limited dollars we have available now," says Dr. Sam Nichols, superintendent of Dothan City Schools.

Dr. Sam Nichols will be making a presentation about school finances to the Board of Education Monday evening at Honeysuckle Middle School.

The public is welcome to attend.

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