A charter school, which is usually a nonprofit, is an entity created by the state for students to attend schools for free.
However, the name can be used for any business, and charter schools can now be called corporations.
The legislation, which would require charter schools to have state approval, was sponsored by Sen. Tom Biederman, R-Lanham, and sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows, R–Garrett.
It was referred to the Senate Education Committee last week.
The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in April, and it was approved by the House Education Committee in October.
The legislation would require all charter schools in the state to be registered with the state as a corporate company, with the school board holding all authority over charter schools.
This would allow the state and the school district to regulate the charter school’s activities and pay its employees.
The Senate Education panel approved the bill last week, but House Republicans blocked the legislation and it failed to advance on the House floor.
The state’s board of education approved the legislation on Tuesday, and the House approved it on Wednesday.