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Lawmaker: Time to roll back special break for Utah charter schools
Education » He says 2005 law was sponsored and promoted by lawmakers for their own financial gain.

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The Legislature made the change in 2005, passing a bill sponsored by Ferrin, who was involved in the financing of charter schools. Hoffman said lawmakers at the time feared that communities wouldn’t want to let charter schools build in their neighborhoods. But she said that since then, the experience with charters has been "overwhelmingly positive" and the law may no longer be needed.

A House committee didn’t act on Cunningham’s proposal Friday, instead encouraging the lawmaker to try to work out a compromise with the charter schools and come back to the committee.

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Cunningham said in an interview that it is a growing issue unique to a small number of charter schools that are trying to cut costs and cut corners to increase profits.

"We want charter schools. We need charter schools. They’re a major part of the solution for education," he said.


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