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Maryland General Assembly
Hogan's school reform has potential and pitfalls

There's a lot of good in Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to reform Maryland's charter school law. It provides additional flexibility for charters to pursue innovative academic models and contains mechanisms to better target charters toward disadvantaged students. But it could also bleed funding from traditional schools, and some of its provisions could play out unfairly for current charter teachers. One of the best elements of the legislation is a change in the way charters select students. Presently, they must hold lotteries to determine admission randomly among all applicants districtwide. Mr. Hogan's bill would allow charters to give some preference to low-income...