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Senate approves allowing local school districts to make decisions on charter schools

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — A new bill would put decisions on charter school approvals in the hands of local school districts.

Senate Bill 1226 would abolish the State Charter School Commission and allow local school boards to have the final say on whether or not a charter school can open in a community. Currently, the state commission can override a local school board’s decision to deny a charter school application.

“This proposal is about local control and accountability for charter schools as they exist for public schools,” Holmes said. “The existing commission has overturned local school boards and I believe those decisions belong in the community, not at the state level.”

A local appeal process for charter schools already exists, eliminating the need for a state commission, Holmes said. The question of charter school can also be put to the ballot.

The bill now moves to the House.

Tim Shelley

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