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Mass. House revisits charter school cap

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Members of the Massachusetts House members revived legislation Wednesday that would lift the cap on charter school enrollment in underperforming school districts, adopting a new version of the bill after the Education Committee failed to agree on a proposal.

During a lightly attended session Wednesday morning, the House adopted a plan offered by the cochairwoman of the Education Committee, Representative Alice Peisch, that allows more charter schools without addressing increases in reimbursements to traditional public schools that some lawmakers and advocates have demanded.

Peisch said the new bill contains many of elements that were being considered by the committee, but is silent on reimbursement funding. The bill provides increased flexibility for underperforming districts and what proponents call a modest enrollment cap increase for charter schools in the lowest-performing districts.

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