CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Senate leader says he wants to pass a sweeping House GOP education bill that would allow the state’s first charter schools.

Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael told The Associated Press on Thursday that he’s not going to try to amend the proposal when it gets to his chamber.

The House passed the measure late Wednesday. It would allow for a staggered implementation of charter schools, limiting the state to three charters until 2023 then letting three more go up every three years after that.

Carmichael has led the legislative push for charter schools. A similar, wide-ranging bill he sponsored didn’t cap the number of charters and sparked massive teacher protests at the Capitol this month.


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