The Senate passed a modified version of Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to promote charter schools in Maryland Wednesday night and sent it to the House.
Senators voted 46-1 for the measure, which was amended heavily in committee to remove the provisions most strongly opposed by teachers unions and local boards of education. The panel stripped out language exempting charters from union representation and requiring local school boards to provide more money to the schools.
Under what remains of the bill, some charter school operators would gain more control over the selection of principals and give them more control of school management.
Passing a bill giving greater flexibility to charter schools has been one of Hogan's top priorities this year. Critics contend that Maryland's existing charter school law is too restrictive and has discouraged their expansion.
The House has held its own version of the bill in committee, waiting to consider the Senate version.