House accepts most amendments to charter school bill

Two others will require recorded votes, which will likely take place next week. One, from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), would encourage the secretary of Education to prioritize grants to schools that use energy-efficient buildings.

Another, from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), would strip language from the bill requiring that grants only go to high-quality charter schools, defined in part as schools that have shown success with minority students, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups.

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By voice vote, the House approved a manager's amendment to the bill, in addition to four others from:

• Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), stressing the importance of innovation in public education to prepare students to compete in the global economy;

• Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), allowing charter schools to get another round of grants for expansion if they can show successful student outcomes after three years;

• Rep. Ben Luján (D-N.M.), requiring charter school applicants to describe how the school program would share best practices between charter and public schools; and

• Polis, prioritizing states that allow charter school authorizers besides local educational agencies.

After considering amendments, the House recessed at about 3:45 p.m. to prepare for President Obama's 7 p.m. address to a joint session of Congress.