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Charter school bill returning to NC Senate floor

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A rewrite of North Carolina's charter school law headed for a floor vote in the legislature incorporates a Republican promise during the campaign - ending the current 100-school cap.

The Senate scheduled floor debate Wednesday before the first or two required votes. The legislation also would create a new commission that would take charter license applications and approve or reject them.

Charter schools began in the mid-1990s in North Carolina. They don't charge tuition, are operated by private boards and are exempt from many rules imposed on traditional public schools.

Democrats have raised questions whether the new rules would ensure at-risk children have equal access to the schools.

Floor debate was delayed last week so it could be heard by another committee this week.

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

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