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Charter bill criticized by Perdue, NC House Dems

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- House Democrats and Gov. Bev Perdue are trying to slow a charter school bill that passed the North Carolina Senate last week.

Opponents say the bill would damage traditional public schools and provide little accountability for the alternative schools.

Perdue told the State Board of Education on Thursday she's worried the Republican-backed measure would strip regular public schools of resources and fail to provide adequate oversight for charters.

The House Democratic Caucus had harsher words at a news conference later. Rep. Rick Glazier of Cumberland County called it "an assault on public education." Fellow Cumberland County Rep. Marvin Lucas also ripped the bill.

The bill's primary component would remove the current 100-school limit on charter schools.

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

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