Charter school bill heads to Delaware Senate

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Delaware State Board of Education can study more closely the impact charter schools have on surrounding districts and impose conditions on them under legislation sent to the full Senate on Wednesday.

The legislation, embraced by lawmakers and education groups as it cleared the Senate Education Committee, replaced a more controversial bill that allowed board officials to reject new charters based on the impact they would have on existing schools. The original bill was crafted in response to frustrations from several board members that charter school applications had to be approved as long as they met the right criteria, no matter how they affected surrounding district schools in terms of student loss, overlapping of programs or focus.

Charter school advocates argued that the original proposal would have denied students and parents the option to enroll in schools they think could better serve their kids.

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