Lawmaker Looking at Ways to Bring New Charter Schools to State

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

With the number of students in Utah's charter schools growing steadily, a Utah legislator is considering a law that would allow educators to pursue new types of charter schools, rather than wait for them to be proposed.

Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, told the Education Interim Committee on Wednesday that he is considering legislation that would allow the State Charter School Board to seek out specific types of charter schools through a "request for proposal," or RFP, process. The board could then issue a call for a specific type of school, for example a single-gender charter, rather than wait for such a charter to be proposed by interested parties.

"There are many parents, and students, in fact, who think there would be value in a single-gender charter school," he said.

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