Texas House Panel OKs Charter School Expansion

AUSTIN (April 30, 2013)--The Texas House Public Education Committee Tuesday approved and sent to the full chamber a proposal to expand the number of charter schools allowed to operate in Texas.

Senate Bill 2, which has already won Senate approval, would gradually raise the cap on the number of public charter school licenses the state issues from 215 to 305 over the next six years.

The measure also makes it easier for authorities to shutter poor-performing charters.

The Public Education Committee approved an amended version of the bill seven to three on Tuesday.

The full House has resisted past efforts to expand charter schools statewide, but committee chairman state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, said he likes this proposal's chances of making it through the chamber this time.

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