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California lawmakers overhaul way state approves charter schools

Posted: 9:34 AM, Sep 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 12:34:54-04
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers have sent Governor Gavin Newsom legislation that overhauls the way the state approves charter schools.

The measure was approved by the assembly on a 56 to 16 vote Tuesday. It would no longer let the state authorize charter schools, leaving that responsibility to school districts and county governments.

The legislation also says it would require all charter school teachers to be credentialed, giving existing teachers five years to complete.

The state is currently home to 1,300 charter schools, enrolling about 10-percent of the state's K through 12 population.