RALEIGH, NC-- Debate on a bill that would create a new panel for managing North Carolina's growing number of charter schools has been delayed until early next week.
Republican leaders pulled the bill from the chamber's calendar Thursday and rescheduled floor discussion for Tuesday. They gave no reason, but lawmakers spent more than an hour debating a consumer finance bill before leaving for the weekend.
The charter school measure would create a new board separate from the State Board of Education to develop charter school rules and decide which applicants could start the schools. The State Board of Education could veto any decision with three-fourths of its members.
Charters are public schools run by outside groups with fewer regulations than traditional schools. A cap of 100 charter schools was lifted in 2011.