Charter schools worried about funding

Charter schools worried about funding

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SALT LAKE CITY -- It's down to the wire for Utah lawmakers, and a number of people in various groups who are starting to feel the impact of the budget decisions.

The decisions are not final yet, but the direction they're headed has some up in arms. Example one: charter schools.

The House has approved an education funding bill, but the Senate has not yet. The bill does not fund growth for charter schools, and that has advocates for charter schools scrambling in the Senate, urging lawmakers to make some last-minute changes.

"I'm very concerned about it. What I've noticed is the charter school my son goes to has a huge waiting list. My friends have their kids in another charter school. [It has a] really long list for parents," charter school parent Delane England said.

Advocates have until Thursday to get the changes they want added to the bill. The 2009 legislative session ends Thursday at midnight.


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