- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Charter school operators will face an additional hurdle before they can open a new school in Rhode Island.

Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed into law legislation that gives cities and towns more say over whether a charter school can open.

A new charter school network will have to get approval from the governments of all towns from which it will pull students. The law won’t affect an existing charter network that is expanding.

The Democratic governor says it’s a reasonable compromise that addresses the fiscal concerns of traditional school districts without harming high-quality charter schools. She had been concerned about an earlier version of the bill proposed by Democratic lawmakers that would have made it harder for charters to grow.

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