Chamber chimes in for charter schools

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 1:48pm

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has thrown in its support for changes in state law that would open up charter school enrollment.

In a recent letter addressed to members of the Davidson County State Legislative Delegation, Orrin Ingram — president and CEO of Ingram Industries Inc., and chair of the Chamber’s Education 2020 Committee — asked that delegation members support a House bill that would make Tennessee a friendlier place for charter schools.

“The Chamber believes that effective and accountable charter schools are an important part of a comprehensive strategy to offer outstanding public education in our city,” Ingram wrote. “Charter schools represent one option in what must be a portfolio of outstanding public school choices for Nashvillians.”

The bill, HB 2146, is sponsored by Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Beth Harwell (R-Nashville). A companion bill recently passed in the state Senate. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has publicly supported the bill as well.

Click attachment below to read Ingram’s letter.


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