California poised to overhaul charter schools

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is poised to overhaul how it authorizes and judges charter schools in what the governor's office is calling the most significant update in decades.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the agreement on Wednesday. Lawmakers must still approve it, but the vote appears to be a formality now that the state's governor and top legislative leaders have endorsed it.

Charter schools are publicly funded, but they operate by different rules than traditional schools. The bill would no longer let the state authorize charter schools. Instead, only school districts and county governments could do that.

It would also require all charter school teachers be credentialed and give existing teachers five years to do so.

California has roughly 1,300 charter schools that enroll about 10% of the state's K-12 population.

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