ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Charter schools would have more flexibility when it comes to management and families would have more opportunities for education under a bill being considered in the Maryland Senate.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Friday said progress is being made on a public charter school expansion bill.

The plans for expansion come from Gov. Larry Hogan, who has proposed legislation that among other things, would allow charter schools to apply for a state waiver to free it from all laws that govern public schools, and exempt employees from state teacher certification.

Miller said there are some major differences but progress is being made.

Maryland has about 50 charter schools today, most in Baltimore City. The state adopted its charter school law in 2003.

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