Republican Rep. John Kline plans to introduce a bill today that he says would help states develop and expand charter schools.
Demand for charter school education is outpacing the growth of charter schools and Congress can help by making it easier for states to develop charter schools and replicate successful charter school models from state to state, Kline said. He promoted his bill Monday during a visit to Global Academy charter school in northeast Minneapolis, which has a long waiting list.
"We can't stay in a situation where you have a fantastic school like this every parent is thrilled that their kids are here and then there 1,000 waiting to get in," Kline said. "We've to do something about that."
Charter schools are publicly funded, independently run schools. Minnesota passed the nation's first charter school law in 1991.
Kline is the chairman of the House Education Committee. He's introduced similar legislation before that passed the House but never went anywhere in the Senate. He says he thinks his proposals have the best chance of winning support as stand-alone legislation.