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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Disagreement among Republicans about how far to go to get bipartisan support means North Carolina lawmakers are taking a new look at legislation that would expand charter schools.

The state Senate voted 47-0 on Thursday to reject House changes. Republican Sen. Richard Stevens of Wake County says House lawmakers made about 30 changes and those need dialogue.

House Republicans spent weeks discussing changes with Democrats, who ultimately decided they wouldn’t agree with the rules expanding the number of charter schools.

The House voted mostly along party lines to allow 50 additional charter schools to open each year. Charter schools are public schools free of many of the rules governing traditional schools.

Eliminating the 100-school limit was a Republican campaign promise last year.

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