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Gov. Hogan Looking To Increase Number Of Charter Schools In MD

February 16th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

After a failed attempt in his first year in office, Governor Larry Hogan is trying once again to increase the number of charter schools in Maryland by proposing to loosen the rules that govern the publicly-funded, independently-run schools and create an independent body with the power to authorize such institutions.  Hogan’s proposed legislation would give charter schools oversight over hiring and firing, more power to set an admissions criteria, greater access to capital funds and an increased say over curriculum, books and professional development.  The bill would also create a panel, known as the Maryland Public Charter School Authority, to approve new charter schools. Currently, charters must be are approved by local school districts and adhere to rules set by the state Department of Education. The proposal has drawn strong criticism from groups representing both teachers and superintendents. Allegany County School Superintendent David Cox briefed the board on the bill during this week’s meeting…


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