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Charter school bills shelved or deferred

Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB) Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Lawmakers shelved a series of proposals aimed at charter schools at the State Capitol.  

The House Education Committee served as a road block in front of a series of bills that would have made establishing a charter school much harder. 

"If everybody looks at taking a hit during this fiscal situation, I think we can request BESE not look at any additional charters until we get our budget straight," said Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge. 

"Can you imagine being a parent and sending your child for four straight years to a school that is an F, and by voting affirmatively for this bill, you would say yes, you must do that," said Superintendent of Education John White. 

"Let's do what's right for the kids, and let's stop worrying about all the words and the terms," said Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge.

Other bills aimed at putting restrictions on the creation of charter schools will appear in Senate committee Thursday. 

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