Committee approves plan to remove Ala. Board of Education from charter schools

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to remove the Alabama Board of Education from the state’s new charter school program.

The House Education Policy Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would remove the board from confirming a new charter school commission.

Republicans who sponsored Alabama’s newly passed charter school legislation expressed frustration at the state school board’s refusal to confirm a list of nominees for the commission.

Board members have said they wanted more time to properly vet candidates nominated by the governor, lieutenant governor, House speaker and Senate president pro tem.

The charter school commission is responsible for hearing appeals of charter school applications rejected on the local level.

Republicans passed charter school legislation earlier this session after making it a priority for several years.