Democrats discuss gifts handed out by charter school lobbyists with Republicans, arguing that the gifts were meant to influence the vote on weather to lift the state's cap on charter schools ... more 
Democrats discuss gifts handed out by charter school lobbyists with Republicans, arguing that the gifts were meant to influence the vote on weather to lift the state's cap on charter schools Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Bosie. As lawmakers moved to take up the bill, House Minority Leader John Rusche objected to "gifts" and promotional charter school materials that had been passed out, including bright yellow felt scarves with the slogan "National School Choice Week." Rusche said the materials aimed to influence the votes of lawmakers and were "beyond the pale." The House voted 37-31 to dump the bill, which would have eliminated a provision in state law limiting the number of new charter schools to six a year. less 
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Wed, Apr 6, 2011 6:55 PM EDT