By Associated Press - Friday, May 22, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Assembly has approved a measure that would allow the state to turn persistently low-performing public schools into charter schools.

Assembly members voted along party lines Friday to approve AB448, with Democrats opposing.

The measure is supported by Gov. Brian Sandoval and allows education officials to select up to six low-performing public schools to be managed by a private charter organization. The newly minted charter schools would be under the control of a state-run “Achievement School District” that would monitor the schools.

Supporters said the measure would allow successful charter school operators a crack at turning around low-performing schools. Democrats said they were concerned with the legal aspects of school transfer and that the state should invest more money in K-12 education.

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