Charter School Reform, On Back Burner, Starts to Heat Up Again
Democratic lawmakers in state Assembly, Senate both drafting new legislation
Talk of revising the state’s charter-school law is picking up again, with one major player now saying that he plans to have a bill ready by spring or early summer.
State Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly’s education committee, said this week that he has sent the broad outline of a bill to the Office of Legislative Services. Provisions include adding organizations able to approve new schools and tightening accountability for existing ones.
“It will be start to finish,” Diegnan said, “covering the whole life of a charter school.”
Diegnan’s progress on his Assembly bill comes as talks continue in the Senate regarding a bill being crafted by state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex).
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