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Updated Mar 25, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Arizona Senate committee approves restrictions on charter schools

PHOENIX — An Arizona Senate committee has narrowly approved a bill that
would erode the power of public school districts that convert schools into
charter schools while also reducing their funding.

Charter schools get more funding per student. District charter schools are also
eligible for bonds and overrides, while state charter schools are not. A bill
by Senate president Andy Biggs of Gilbert would give control of creating and
overseeing district charter schools to the Arizona Board for Charter Schools. It
would also ban district charter schools from accessing bonds and overrides.

Biggs said public school districts are draining the general fund by constantly
converting their schools into charters. A provision in the Senate-approved
budget that would retroactively ban public school conversions to charters held
up discussions in the House Monday. The Senate appropriations committee approved
the Biggs bill 5-4 Tuesday.
PHOENIX (AP) _ An Arizona Senate committee has narrowly approved a bill that
would erode the power of public school districts that convert schools into
charter schools while also reducing their funding.

Charter schools get more funding per student. District charter schools are also
eligible for bonds and overrides, while state charter schools are not. A bill
by Senate president Andy Biggs of Gilbert would give control of creating and
overseeing district charter schools to the Arizona Board for Charter Schools. It
would also ban district charter schools from accessing bonds and overrides.

Biggs said public school districts are draining the general fund by constantly
converting their schools into charters. A provision in the Senate-approved
budget that would retroactively ban public school conversions to charters held
up discussions in the House Monday. The Senate appropriations committee approved
the Biggs bill 5-4 Tuesday.

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