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April 12, 2011

NEW: Senate OKs plan aimed at expanding charter schools

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate has approved Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels’ proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, marking the first piece of the governor’s sweeping education agenda to clear both the House and Senate.

The Republican-led Senate voted 29-20 for the bill, which would allow more entities to authorize charter schools.

The bill allows charter schools to cheaply buy unused buildings owned by traditional school corporations. It also increases accountability rules for charters, which are public schools that are free of many state regulations.

Supporters say expanding charter schools would mean more education options for Indiana students, while opponents say they siphon money away from traditional public schools.

The Senate made several changes to the bill, so it will return to the House for consideration of the latest version of the legislation.

 

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