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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s chief teacher lobbying organization is suggesting it won’t oppose lifting the current limit on charter schools as Republicans take over the Legislature next week.

North Carolina Association of Educators President Sheri Strickland said this week on its web site the group will support efforts to lift the cap as long as they ensure charter schools give all of their students access to a quality education. The association opposed raising or ending the cap while Democrats led the General Assembly.

Republicans have said eliminating the cap will be among their first priorities. The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported Strickland’s statement, which said the association didn’t have a specific expansion number for charter schools.

Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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