On Thursday, Senators gave final passage to Senate Bill 576, which would allow for the creation of charter schools within accredited school districts.
The charter school expansion legislation passed the Senate by a bi-partisan vote of 31 to 2.
That same day the Senate also passed SB 677, which would remove the mandatory two-year waiting period before the state can take over the administration of an unaccredited district. Instead, the bill would call on the State Board of Education to establish a district-specific date at which the state would take over. That date would be set when the state board makes its initial decision to strip a district of its accreditation.
The vote comes several months after
the board of education voted to remove the
Both education bills now head to the State House of Representatives.
But one of the more hotly contested pieces of education reform legislation failed to come to a vote on Thursday. The chamber could not agree to take a vote on a proposal from Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, to double the amount of time it takes a public school teacher to qualify for tenure from five years to 10. Her bill would also prohibit seniority from being taken into account during teacher lay-offs, instead mandating that teacher performance be the sole deciding factor in lay-offs.