The senate has approved a bill that expands charter schools in Indiana.
After hours of debate, the charter school expansion bill passed the Senate 29 to 20. It includes amendments concerning transportation funding, accountability standards, and teacher licensing. Because of the changes to the bill, it now moves back to the House for approval. Noblesville Senator Luke Kenley said charter schools offer parents and students another choice.
“So all we’re doing is enlarging our offerings. We’re not trying to challenge the traditional public schools,” said Kenley.
Opponents of the bill say it will drain money from the traditional public school system. Gary Senator Earline Rogers has been a longtime supporter of charter schools, but says this legislation undermines their true strength … the laws that govern them.
“We received from the House what I like to characterize as a charter school bill gone wild,” said Rogers.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett released a statement calling the Senate’s action a bold step in favor of quality options for Hoosier students.