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No action on charter schools bill

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 18, 2012 5:30 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A closely watched proposal to rewrite Pennsylvania's charter school law appears dead for the time being.

The House of Representatives wrapped up voting Wednesday without a final vote on a bill to toughen oversight of the publicly funded, privately run schools.

The Senate approved the measure Tuesday, but House Speaker Sam Smith says there wasn't enough time to deal with the complicated bill, and funding was a sticking point. Neither chamber plans votes on any blils before the session ends Nov. 30.

The bill would subject school officials to tougher ethics rules, limit how much surplus cash the schools could keep and require annual audits and performance standards.

Improving conditions for charter schools to operate is a key goal of Gov. Tom Corbett, and he supports the bill.

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