Dan Patrick Defends Charter School Bill Before SBOE

Key charter school legislation would not have passed during the last legislative session without a provision removing much of the State Board of Education's authority in approving applications, Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said Wednesday. 

Defending the change at a state board meeting, Patrick told members it was the result of a compromise needed to get the bill through both chambers. 

"I will just be very candid with you: There are members of the Legislature in both parties that didn't want you involved at all," said Patrick, who is running for lieutenant governor. "There is a sense ...

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