Alabama Senate approves charter school bill

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has approved a charter school bill that Republicans named a top priority for the session.

Senators approved the legislation Tuesday evening in a 22-12 vote. It moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the schools will offer education choices to families and provide innovation.

Sen. Quinton Ross, a former high school principal, criticized provisions of the bill that would let the schools hire non-certified teachers and contract operations out to nonprofit companies.

Charter schools are public schools that have freedom from regulations placed on other public schools.

The proposal would allow the establishment of up to 10 “startup” charter schools in the state each year and unlimited conversions of existing schools to charter status.