House lawmakers to vote on charter school legislation

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island House of Representatives is set to vote on legislation that would block public charter schools from being created or expanded without the support of all the cities and towns where the proposed school’s students live.

State Rep. Patricia Serpa says her bill would give municipal officials more control over education finances.

The West Warwick Democrat says money gets pulled from a town and its school district when a student attends a charter school in another town.

She says financially strapped West Warwick had no say in a three-town academy proposed by Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian two years ago.

The House passed the same bill last year but it died when the Senate ended its session in June.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.

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