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NC charter school rules changes get initial OK

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Charter schools and their boards would be subject to North Carolina public-records and open-meeting laws and certain schools could seek fast-track approvals under changes the Senate has made to a bill.

The Senate voted unanimously Monday night for the changes, which also propose that a charter school could limit admission on the basis of gender if its mission is single-gender education. Charter school laws currently don't address the question of public records or open meetings.

The measure directs the State Board of Education to create a process whereby existing high-quality charter schools can find out within 120 days if they're approved to build a similar one elsewhere.

A final Senate vote could come Tuesday. The House hasn't yet taken up the bill.

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