Lawmakers Work on Lifting Charter Cap
Four months before the 2010 Legislature is slated to begin, Idaho lawmakers are working on a bill that would amend state law to lift the cap limiting the number of new charter schools each year. At stake are federal grants from a nearly $5 billion fund made available by President Barack Obama.
The grants will be awarded to states pursuing innovative reforms, like raising academic standards, adopting common student assessment tests and improving teacher quality. To get the money, states may have to do things they, or the teacher unions, dislike.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has cautioned that states that do not allow charter schools or place caps on their growth are jeopardizing their chances to win the grants under the "Race...
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