Push to restrict charter schools hits legislative resistance
BATON ROUGE- The push to curb the growth of charter schools has taken hits in the Louisiana Legislature.
The Senate Education Committee, without objection, agreed Thursday to shelve legislation that would ban Louisiana's top school board from authorizing charter schools rejected by local boards in most districts.
The vote is a bad omen for a similar proposal backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
A day earlier, the House Education Committee rejected three bills to restrict charter schools and shelved three others, including several backed by Edwards.
Charter school advocates can appeal to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education when local boards reject their applications. Republican Sen. Ryan Gatti's rejected bill would have banned such appeals when local boards are located in districts rated A, B or C.