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Democrats propose alternative to charter schools dereg bill

(Cross-posted from Legislative Watch [1]).

State House members and an array of education officials from across the state – including state Superintendent June Atkinson – promoted an alternative to the charter school deregulation bill that has passed the Senate [2] in a press event this afternoon.

In leading off the event, State Rep. Rick Glazier [3] called the Senate Bill an “un-amendable” effort that was little more than “vouchers wrapped up in a charter proposal.” He said that the bill represented a terribly flawed effort to “abandon public schools.”

Glazier said that the alternative would, among other things:

In short, Glazier and others called for returning charters to their original purpose as laboratories of replicable experimentation rather than competitors that are out to undermine public schools by luring away desirable students and engaged parents.

At this point, House Republicans plan on taking up the Senate version tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.