State Allows More Charter Schools to Open

This week marked an important victory for the school reform movement, here is more from Channel 10:

PROVIDENCE—Gov. Don Carcieri has signed legislation allowing more charter schools to operate in Rhode Island.

State leaders hope the new law enacted Tuesday will boost the state’s chances of winning millions of dollars in federal education aid.

The legislation approved by lawmakers raises the cap from 20 charter schools to 35 charter schools. It also strikes a law preventing the schools from serving more than 4 percent of the school-age population.

Charter schools are publicly funded. They have more freedom over their curriculums, the length of their school day and year and, in some cases, greater authority to fire teachers than regular schools. Thirteen charter schools now operate in the state.

This is something that President Obama has been pushing for at the national level. Click here to read more.


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