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Advancing bill gives Utah grandkids an edge in charter enrollment
First Published Feb 20 2014 11:14 am • Last Updated Feb 20 2014 12:37 pm

Children whose grandparents devote time and money to launching a new charter school would go to the front of the enrollment line under a bill now moving to the full Senate.

HB36, proposed by Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain, was recommended Thursday by the Senate Education Committee. It has already passed the House.

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The bill tweaks existing law, which gives children whose parents are founders or on an operating board the right to attend the charter school without going through a lottery. Charter schools often have waiting lists, and use a lottery to decide which children to admit.

Lifferth said grandparents are more involved in children’s lives than in the past, and often are raising their grandchildren.

"We see a lot of grandparents in our charter schools," said Craig Frank, a member of the board of Utah Charter Network and a former state representative.

Kristen Moulton

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