McDonnell plan invests deeply in charter schools

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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 11 at 11:33 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's education plan tracks with Democratic President Barack Obama's support for charter schools.

The package McDonnell rolled out Wednesday offers a wide expansion of schools that receive public funding but are freed from most government regulation to operate more like private schools.

Not only did McDonnell endorse a central tenet of Obama's federal Race to the Top program, he had Democrats on hand to underscore his point.

Among them was former Gov. Doug Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor and a charter schools advocate.

McDonnell's plan makes it easier to push charter school applications through local school boards.

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