Yet the legislation that emerged at best waters down and at worst omits reforms in those areas. Some advocates think it may even make it marginally more difficult for charters to open, though in practice we think that's not the case. The bill imposes onerous new regulations requiring charters to get approval from local school boards every time they want to make a change that differs from how their local district operates. In effect, they now will have to negotiate virtually everything they do. And charter schools still won't have to power to hire and fire principals and teachers, who remain employees of the local school board, not the charter operator. The bill approved by lawmakers exempts charter school teachers from state certification requirements, but that doesn't mean much since teachers assigned to charters by local school boards already hold those credentials anyway. And it won't do anything to solve the problem of teachers and principals sent to charter schools who aren't committed to the operator's instructional model and teaching strategies.