Ala. education board to discuss charter schools

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The State Board of Education meets Tuesday to discuss legislation being prepared for the upcoming legislative session to authorize charter schools in Alabama.

Gov. Bob Riley is pushing the idea because federal funding is available for charter schools. The Alabama Education Association is opposing it.

Charter schools are public schools, but they operate without many of the regulations of traditional public schools, such as teacher tenure laws.

State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton said Alabama is one of 10 states that have never passed a charter school law.

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