Two bills introduced in the Legislature would give charter schools greater freedom to open and operate in Kansas, where the schools have struggled to find a foothold.
Kansas currently has 15 charter schools, which are publicly funded but generally operate independently of school districts. The state had 37 charter schools just three years ago. Most of those that closed cited financial difficulties.
The bills before the House and Senate are strongly influenced by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, sometimes quoting word-for-word from its model legislation, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.