WPRI.com reports that Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., promises to veto a bill she says would kill public charter schools.
Technically, the bill would only require local approval for new charter schools or expansion of existing ones. But Raimondo says this has the "practical effect of killing charters."
Instead, Raimondo says traditional public schools should retain $350 of funding for every student that leaves for a charter school. She also wants to make sure traditional public school districts where more than five percent of students attend charters get extra funding to help cover their fixed costs.
Raimondo, elected in 2014, hasn't issued any vetoes yet. The bill has already passed the state House, but the Senate has yet to act on it. Both chambers have Democratic super-majorities.
Charter schools are publicly-funded and do not charge tuition. Compared to traditional public schools, charter schools have more independence and flexibility in their operations and curricula, which is why so many families find charter schools desirable. They are open to all students, but they often don't have enough space to meet demand. In that case, they use a random lottery system to determine admission.
Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.