Charter School Bill Approved
A charter school bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh has been approved by an Alabama Senate Committee. But, not before striking language that some feared would allow completely "virtual schools." The bill by Marsh could get a Senate floor vote as soon as next week. The bill allows up to 10 "startup" charter schools in the state each year and allows school boards to convert existing schools. Proponents say charter schools will provide innovation and opportunity. Opponents questioned the accountability of the schools.