Texas House Backs Bill Expanding Charter Schools

Updated, May 16, 5:02 p.m.

A measure taking aim at Harmony Public Schools, the state's largest charter school network with 36 campuses, was added onto major legislation from Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, as it cleared the Texas House on Thursday.

Senate Bill 2, which would increase the number of available state charter school contracts by 10 a year, passed the lower chamber 105-34 after an attempt from state Rep. Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas, to derail the legislation on procedural grounds failed.

But before they approved the legislation, lawmakers adopted an amendment on voice vote from state ...

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