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Senate panel rewrites Hogan's charter school law
Senate panel rewrites Hogan's charter school law

A key state Senate panel spent Wednesday dismantling Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to expand charter schools, redrafting it to allow for only small changes to Maryland's program for alternative schools. Democratic senators on the Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee stripped out the Republican governor's proposals to exempt charters from the teachers' union, to require local school systems to send more cash to charters, and to give their operators more leeway in hiring teachers and principals. Hogan had said those provisions were necessary to encourage more charter schools to open in the state. Lawmakers even retitled Hogan's "Public Charter...