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Charter school proposal axed by Senate committee

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Kentucky has been axed from legislation intended to strengthen Kentucky's application for a massive infusion of federal school improvement money.

A divided Senate Education Committee couldn't agree on a legislative amendment that would have created charter schools that receive public funding yet remain exempt from many of the regulations that apply to other public schools.

The full Senate voted 38-0 to pass the fast-tracked legislation, minus the amendment, on Wednesday afternoon.

Lawmakers have been rushing to get the legislation through the House and Senate and signed by Gov. Steve Beshear this week so that the state can meet a Jan. 19 deadline for applying for up to $200 million in federal school improvement money over four years.

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