Ore. House to vote Monday on charter schools

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers are nearing a vote on a bill designed to make it easier to open a charter school.

Monday's vote in the state House will be a second test in two weeks of the peace between Republicans and Democrats, who are sharing power in an evenly divided chamber.

The proposal by Republican Rep. Matt Wingard of Wilsonville would allow proponents of a new charter school to appeal to the state Board of Education if they feel a local school board isn't negotiating in good faith.

Wingard says its designed to stop school boards from throwing road blocks at proposed charter schools, but opponents say it removes local control from the process.

Republicans won the first partisan battle last week a business tax bill.