Last night the House passed charter school legislation (SB-8) on a largely party-line vote. The bill also increased the number of charter schools which may be added in a given year to 100. Earlier versions of the bill capped the number of new charter schools at 50. Chief sponsor of the House bill, Rep. Paul Stam has been criticized by charter school advocates for including unpopular provisions to gain the support of Democrats. (Francis De Luca has written about some of these changes here). The final House vote included only one Democrat (Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford) who voted in favor of the bill.
The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.