- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate education committee is mulling amendments to Gov. Larry Hogan’s charter school expansion plan.

The changes were presented Wednesday during a committee work session with education stakeholders.

Among the changes to the governor’s bill include the creation of a charter school pilot program, holding charter school teachers to the same certification requirements as their public school peers, and eliminating the option for a charter school to request a state waiver to free it from many laws that govern public schools,.

Hogan introduced his expansion plan in February. The governor’s special adviser Keiffer Mitchell said the administration was concerned some of the amendments could limit flexibility, which is necessary for charter schools to flourish.

The committee is scheduled to vote on the amended bill on Friday.

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