NC Lawmakers Recommend New Board To Regulate Charter Schools

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina legislative panel has recommended creating a new state board that would oversee the state's rapidly expanding pool of charter schools.

The Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday for an 11-member North Carolina Public Charter Schools Board independent from the State Board of Education. The new board would approve charter school applications or revoke charters and set other rules for these types of public schools.

The state school board could veto charter board actions within 45 days if three-quarters of the state board oppose it.

The General Assembly eliminated a longstanding cap of 100 charter schools statewide in 2011. The State Board of Education approved the opening of 25 new charter schools next fall.

The measure now goes to the Senate's budget-writing committee.