Charter school freeze to end

Source: By Jennifer D. Jordan, Providence Journal (RI), Friday, June 20, 2008

A moratorium on opening new charter schools is expected to quietly expire next week, clearing the way for more of the alternative public schools to open in coming years.

There are several charter school proposals before the state Department of Education, but no new schools will open this fall because of a lack of state financing.

Under pressure from teachers’ unions, lawmakers suspended charter school openings in 2004, to determine how effective the 11 existing charter schools were before financing more.