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Back to charters

The state budget is still front and center on Jones Street in Raleigh, but some of the battles of weeks past are making their way back into the legislature.

The GOP leader in the state, Phil Berger Jr., said in this morning’s weekly press conference that he expects to see a conference committee report out soon about charter schools, one of the many contentious pieces of legislation this session.

The bill, Senate Bill 8, included initial language that would allow charters greater access to public funds and move oversight outside of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

But in the end, it looks as if the bill will limit itself to liftingthe 100-school cap the state has on public charter schools.

“I suspect that it will be more lifting the cap and less of some of the other things,” Berger said.

That will surely come as a relief to the many opponents of this session’s charter school legislation, who warned that the existing language  in Senate Bill 8 and the companion bill in the House could eventually defund the state’s public schools and creating a separate, elite educational system.

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