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Perdue signs law to end charter school cap


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Beverly Perdue says a bill she signed
into law eliminating the longstanding 100-school limit on charter
schools will provide more public school choices while keeping
authority over them within the State Board of Education.
Perdue's office said the governor signed Friday the bill
finalized last week by the General Assembly to end the cap.
Republicans made eliminating the cap a top priority during this
year's legislative session. A bipartisan compromise bill passed by
wide margins after GOP leaders backed off a broader measure that
would have shifted more charter school authority to a new
commission separate from the state education board.
Charter schools are tuition-free, taxpayer-funded public schools
free from many of the rules governed by traditional schools. The
cap had been in place since the mid-1990s.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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