Charters Face Tough Rules: Advocates See Schools Too Restricted
Ferrechio, Susan, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Maryland will regulate its first charter schools by imposing many of the same rules and restrictions that now govern public schools, a move advocates say will stifle the movement.
The state's Task Force on Charter Schools recommended to Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday that Baltimore and each county determine how many of the schools to permit, according to the draft bill that will be submitted to the General Assembly when it convenes next month.
The draft, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, stipulates public charter schools be subject to most local and state education regulations and requirements as of next July.
Those include testing programs and teachers unions, unless the charter schools get waivers from state and county school officials.
Only one charter school - the Stadium School in Baltimore - exists in Maryland.
Advocates of charter schools said they are disappointed the legislation, …
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