Rollins to propose bill allowing school districts charter-school-like flexibility

02/01/2011 08:08 AM

Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, said Monday he will propose legislation later this week that would allow public school districts to request to “be relieved” from certain state requirements, similar to one of the features of charter schools.

“For charter schools that’s the big thing — they’re relieved from some of the statutory requirements that the legislature puts in place,” Rollins said. “I would call it ‘districts of innovation’ so they can make the innovation — similar to what charter schools would do for a small group of children — but they can do it district-wide.”

The proposal could allow the districts to ask the state Department of Education to be free of certain requirements, such as having site-based councils approve principals or certification requirements for teachers. Those schools could waive those requirements for up to five years, Rollins said in an online extra segment of Pure Politics.

Rollins, chairman of the House Education Committee, has been skeptical of charter schools. But he said he understands U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s push for more flexibility for public schools.

- Ryan Alessi


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