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ARKANSAS: State Lawmakers Send Charter School Approval Bill to Mike Beebe

arkansas-capitolLITTLE ROCK – Arkansas lawmakers have given their final approval to a bill to change the way the state approves charter schools.

The Senate voted 32-3 Thursday for the bill designating the state Education Department instead of the Board of Education as the primary authorizer of charter schools. A spokesman said Gov. Mike Beebe plans to sign into law the proposal by Republican Rep. Mark Biviano of Searcy.

The bill would require the state education commissioner to appoint a panel of his staff to review and approve charter school applications. The Board of Education would have the power to review that panel’s decisions.

Biviano had originally proposed legislation that would have taken the power to approve charter schools from the state board and would have created a new independent commission to consider applications.

Source: Arkansas Business – Associated Press

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