The Senate approved measures this morning intended to increase community control over schools.
The upper chamber voted 53-2 for Senate Bill 39, which allows entire school systems to switch to charter schools that free them from many of the state education mandates, such as class-size requirements.
Another education bill to encourage development of new individual charter schools that focus on vocational training for students also passed the Senate today.
The “Career Academies Act” includes $1 million to offset start-up costs for five schools in the state and $15 million in bond money for building expenses.
The Senate approved that bill 52-3. Both measures were part of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s legislative agenda this year.