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Legislation could pave way for AL charter schools

The bill is called the "School Choice and Student Opportunity Act." (Source: Raycom Media) The bill is called the "School Choice and Student Opportunity Act." (Source: Raycom Media)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Charter schools could be heading to Alabama as early as next year.

Alabama Representative Terri Collins confirmed she plans on introducing the "School Choice and Student Opportunity Act" during the upcoming session.

The legislation calls for up to 10 charter schools launching every year, for up to five years, bringing the total number of charter schools up to as many as 50 by the early 2020's.

Rep. Collins said she's already met with Alabama education leaders, including Huntsville City Schools superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski about her bill.

Collins says this bill is all about giving Alabama parents a choice on where their son or daughter can attend school, because many have contacted her saying the state doesn't offer enough options.

She adds that state leaders have studied the issue, and she feels confident this is the right step for Alabama education.

"We have truly taken best practices from everywhere," Collins said. "Charters are working and learned lessons from where they are not, and we've tried to include that in this legislation."

Click here for a PDF copy of the drafted bill.

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