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Bill Approved On Closing Failing Schools

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The Senate Education Committee has referred a modified version of a bill to the full Senate. The bill would make it easier for parents to urge school boards to close failing school or convert them into charters.

Currently, schools that are rated "Academically Unacceptable" for two straight years can be reorganized by state officials.  If the school doesn't improve for three more years after that, a majority of parents can petition the school board.

Senate Bill 1263 attempted to let parents seek school board action after just two years of unacceptable ratings.  However, the community approved an amended version on Thursday, which made it three years.

The new bill also said petitions against failing schools can't be influenced by charter operations.