Alabama House approves charter school bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to end Alabama’s status as one of eight states without charter schools.

Representatives approved a GOP-backed charter school bill Wednesday night in a 58-41 vote.

Republican Rep. Teri Collins of Decatur said charter schools will provide choices and opportunities to families.

The approval came after three hours of charged debate in which Democrats criticized the proposal.

Rep. Richard Lindsey, a Democrat from Centre, said he believed for-profit corporations would end up controlling the schools.

Charter schools are public schools that have freedom from regulations. The proposal would allow 10 startup schools each year and unlimited conversions of existing schools.

State senators must decide whether to go along with House changes or send the bill to conference committee.

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