New York Gov. David Paterson called for the removal of a cap on charter schools as part of an education-reform bill designed to help the state win federal Race to the Top funds. The bill, which includes many proposals opposed by teachers unions, also would repeal a statute banning the use of student test scores in determining teacher tenure, allow the state take over struggling schools and provide funding for charter-school construction. Lawmakers must approve the bill by Thursday to meet the Race to the Top application deadline, Paterson said.
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