Raimondo says she’d veto bill to restrict charter schools


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she would veto a bill proposed by state lawmakers that would restrict the growth of charter schools.

The governor told reporters Wednesday that the bill requiring a new charter school to be approved by every city or town that sends students to it would effectively kill charters.

The House passed the bill on a 60-11 vote in January but the Senate hasn’t voted on it. The governor has never vetoed a bill.

Raimondo says she wants to change the funding formula so charters aren’t pulling as much money from traditional school districts.

She also says she hopes a new plan that would give traditional public schools more say in their operations will boost the state’s lowest-performing schools. Teacher unions have opposed the plan.