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NC Senate Panel Hears Sweeping Charters Proposal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Senate Republicans have proposed sweeping changes to North Carolina's charter school law that would eliminate a 100-school cap and create a new commission to oversee them. Bill sponsor Sen. Richard Stevens of Wake County told the Senate education committee on Wednesday a panel separate from the state Board of Education would ensure charters are treated fairly. Charters also would be able to receive lottery proceeds for capital needs under the bill. Local governments also could appropriate money to charters for similar purposes. Several Democrats say they're worried the bill would lead to resegregation of schools. A State school board official also questions whether a separate charter schools commission is constitutional. A committee vote isn't expected until at least next week.