Charter Schools Bill Passes Senate, Undergoes Drastic Changes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Senate has passed a bill to legalize charter schools, but only in the state's four largest cities.

The Senate voted 23-12 for the bill Wednesday night. It now goes to the House.

The bill written by Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Pike Road doesn't allow new charter schools. Charters schools would have to be existing, low-performing public schools that are converted to charter schools.

The conversions would have to be recommended by the local school superintendent and approved by the local legislators. A charter school would have to accept students who attended the old public school. It could also accept students from other school zones in the city.

The bill limits charter schools to Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile.

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  • by Robert Location: Dothan on May 4, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    Forget the charter schools, what we really need is "charter legislators!"
  • by bill Location: dothan on May 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM
    after all the hype when the smoke cleared -- we can not even have one here in dothan ??
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 08:14 PM
    I like what charter schools have to offer. Sometimes kids need a different way of teaching for their future success. After all, students all have various learning styles therefore do not always learn the same way. Why not give the option to allow different teaching styles? However I do disagree that they will only be in the four largest cities and that many children will not have the opportunity to experience such a great form of education.
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      by Me Too on May 7, 2012 at 07:23 AM in reply to
      Get rid of the Unions and you will see a change in our children.
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