Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is asking the Legislature to create a limited number of charter schools.
The schools would be publically funded, but would operate outside the rules and regulations of regular public schools.
The governor unveiled the speech in his "State-of-the-State" address Tuesday night.
According to the prepared text of the speech, charter schools were among several reforms the governor announced for education.
He proposed giving teachers a tax credit for money they spend out of their own pockets on classroom supplies.
The governor has said he will propose changes to the state's immigration law, but his prepared remarks included no mention of immigration.
The governor's speech was delivered in the historic old House Chambers at the Alabama Capitol on the first day of the 2012 regular session.
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