Long List of Bills for Charter Schools During Tense Week

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — During a very tense week lawmakers were able to pass a budget for 2013 and pass legislation beneficial to charter schools like Derrick Thomas. But they have a very long list of bills to consider and a very short week to make any decisions.

The senate passed a bill that would allow charter schools in districts that have lost their accreditation. It would also allow charter schools in accredited districts if the school board sponsors them.

Some lawmakers were concerned charter schools would drain public funding from struggling districts. A new nine-member state commission could also sponsor charter schools with an accountability section. Right now many are overseen by colleges and universities.

The session ends on Friday.  The 2013 budget now goes to the governor for his approval.

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