Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards testified before the House Education Committee on Wednesday over the State Board of Educations recent decision to no longer approve any charter school applications because the money to fund them doesn’t currently exist. However supporters of charter schools believe that state law allows for the board to petition the Fiscal Committee for the funds needed. Edwards She said lack of funding alone is sufficient for the state board not to consider any other aspect of the applications. There is about a $5 million hole to fund current charter schools, and applications already in the pipeline would add another $25 million to that total. Republican House Speaker William O'Brien said he thinks there could be a larger agenda at work, implying that the education community does not favor charter schools. The state Board of Education says action will not be taken either way until after the November elections.