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NC weighs separate oversight for charter schools

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers want to take oversight of taxpayer-funded charter schools away from the state school board that runs other public schools.

A state Senate committee on Wednesday considers legislation that will broadly change how charter schools operate. A new 10-member charter school board would decide the financial accountability standards the schools must follow, and how to treat charter schools that aren’t meeting expectations.

The measure would cancel the current requirement that at least half a charter school’s teachers be certified. A charter school’s directors would decide whether to check job applicants for any criminal history.

Local school boards would be required to lease any available building or land to a charter school for $1 a year, unless they can demonstrate it’s not economically or practically feasible.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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