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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

LA Tries to Outdo Horrible OH Charter Law

From nola.com:

The business lobby smoked the education establishment Tuesday, winning a lopsided House Education Committee vote in favor of allowing new partnerships between corporations and charter schools.

House Bill 421
 by Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, would allow corporations to secure spots on charter governing boards and reserve student enrollment slots for children of employees. To qualify, a corporation would have to donate the parcel on which the school is built, donate an existing building for the school's use or pay for major renovations to an existing school building. The corporation could lay claim to up to half of the enrollment spaces in the school and control up to 50 percent of the seats of the governing board. The measure includes a caveat that the bill could not be used to displace students who are already enrolled.

The committee's 12-2 vote sends the bill, which Gov. Bobby Jindal supports, to the House floor.
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