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Arizona charter school legislation appears dead

Posted at 12:02 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 15:02:38-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill imposing new rules on Arizona charter schools is likely dead for the year.

Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers said Monday the legislation doesn't have enough votes because Republicans feel it goes too far and Democrats say it's not strong enough.

The legislation was prompted by news reports about instances of charter operators enriching themselves, falling short academically or failing financially.

Democrats say the legislation was written by the charter industry and gives the false impression that lawmakers are resolving problems with charter schools. Some Republicans say charters are not intended to be governed with the strict regulations public schools face.

The legislation by Republican Sen. Kate Brophy McGee would require disclosure of contracts benefiting charter school board members and allow the attorney general to investigate questionable purchasing decisions.