By EMERY P. DALESIO
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The General Assembly is gearing up to remove the limit on North Carolina's experiment with charter schools.
The Senate has scheduled a vote Thursday on a deal to remove the 100-school statewide limit on charter schools that's been in place since they were first allowed in the mid-1990s.
About 41,000 of the state's nearly 1.5 million public school students attend charter schools. Boosters say about 20,000 families are on waiting lists to enroll children.
Legislation promoted by House and Senate Republican leaders has been negotiated for nearly two months. House Speaker Thom Tillis says the talks have included Gov. Bev Perdue's staff.
Perdue's office did not immediately respond to a request comment.
Eliminating the limit was a Republican campaign promise last year.
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