Charter schools in Alabama? Republican lawmakers plan 2015 push

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Alabama is one of eight states that do not allow charter schools, and some legislators want to change that.

Several Republican lawmakers said they will make another push to establish charter schools in Alabama, at least on a limited basis. Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Pike Road said he believes families need more education options for their children.

Charter schools are new publicly funded schools that operate outside the rules and regulations of regular public schools.

Republicans made a push for charter schools in 2012, but the legislation fizzled. Opponents said the charter schools drain resources from the state’s existing public schools.

Rep. Phil Williams of Huntsville said the state should at least try a pilot program authorizing charter schools in the state’s four largest cities.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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