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A bill that allows four towns to open and operate their own charter schools passed the House today. House Bill 514, which passed the House in 2017, was heard in the Senate this session where it was amended. It passed the Senate earlier this week, but the House had to hear it again since changes were made to it. The House voted 64-53, with nine Republicans and all Democrats voting against it today. Since the bill is a local bill, Governor Roy Cooper doesn’t have to sign it. It’s now law. 

The four towns, all currently served by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, are Matthews, Mint Hill, Cornelius, and Huntersville. 

Here is a vote count from today’s House vote. 

Screen shot of General Assembly website

Below are links to all our previous coverage of the bill, including a full explanation of what it does and why it’s controversial.

 

CMS School Board leaders, lawmakers, come out against town charter bill

Town charter school bill passes first hurdle in the Senate

Town charter bill gets initial approval in full Senate

Cities can fund schools with property tax under budget passed by legislature

Town charter schools, In God We Trust — a legislative education recap

Alex Granados

Alex Granados is senior reporter for EducationNC.