A House of Delegates committee has killed a flagship item on Gov. Larry Hogan's legislative agenda, turning down a measure setting up a statewide authority to oversee charter schools.
The Ways and Means Committee voted, 15-8, to not send the measure to the House floor. The vote split along party lines, with Democrats opposed and Hogan's fellow Republicans supporting it.
The measure would have allowed the new authority to bypass local school boards in creating charter schools. It would have given the authority broad discretion to exempt schools it licensed from state and local regulations.
Under the bill, workers at the charter schools would not have been employees of the local school boards.
The measure would have provided $577,000 for the authority to get started in its first year.