Charter school authorizer bill passes House panel

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 1:28pm

A measure that would create a special panel to authorize charter school applications for failing schools is advancing in the state Legislature.

The measure was approved on a voice vote in the House Budget Subcommittee on Wednesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Finance Committee.

Currently local school boards decide whether to authorize a charter application. There are 48 charter schools in Tennessee.

Under the new legislation, the nine-member panel would be appointed by the governor and speakers of the House and Senate. Failing, or priority, schools would apply directly to the panel. There are about 80 failing schools.

All other schools would follow the normal process of applying to the school district, then the State Board of Education if turned down.

4 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 4/3/13 at 2:46

When does this session end? It has to end soon berfore the Legislative Branch destorys TN by the stroke of a pen. They need to stay out of the school systems. How many are educators? I hope the systems rebel. The first thing is to boot Hauffman and his ex-wife Rhee.

By: Rocket99 on 4/4/13 at 8:31

This bill needs to die a miserable death.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/4/13 at 9:40

I completely agree!

By: CoyoteCrawford on 4/4/13 at 3:13

We'll just have failing charter schools.