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Senate delays vote on NC charter school changes

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A proposal to give North Carolina charter schools new freedom from the state's public school system is being delayed.

The state Senate had scheduled a vote Thursday on legislation to drop the current limit of 100 charter schools statewide. But that vote was postponed until it is reviewed by a committee that focuses on taxes.

The measure would draw a further distinction between traditional public schools and charter schools, which don't charge tuition, are operated by private boards, and are exempt from many rules imposed on traditional public schools.

The bill would create a new oversight commission to approve new charter schools and revoke poorly performing or poorly managed schools.

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