A House committee, spurred on by Speaker Beth Harwell’s urging, sunk a bill that would’ve let for-profit corporations oversee charter schools in Tennessee.
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African Americans in the Tennessee legislature are requesting a personal visit from the superintendent overseeing the state’s lowest performing schools. At a recent forum, Chris Barbic said creating diversity shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of charter schools.
The man charged with turning around Tennessee’s lowest performing schools says charters can’t be blamed for lacking diversity. He contends any segregation is just a reflection of society.
Tennessee lawmakers bit off more than they could chew this session when it comes to classroom reform.
An effort to lift the ban on for-profit companies running charter schools in Tennessee has been resurrected in a legislative Hail Mary. The change in law has been tacked onto a bill of minor tweaks to charter school regulations.
A proposed state panel for approving charter schools initially rejected by local boards is again limited to just a handful of districts. The charter authorizer was going nowhere when it applied statewide.
A number of broadly supported proposals have failed to make it past Tuesday’s legislative hearings. As the self-imposed cutoff for the 2013 legislative session approaches this month, many bills lacking overwhelming support are being stopped in their tracks or put off until next year.
State law requires that Tennessee charter schools be run by non-profit organizations. But there’s a last-minute push in this session of the legislature to allow for-profit charter operators.
A state panel that could authorize charter schools to open anywhere in Tennessee is moving forward against the objections of Democrats and a few rural Republicans. School boards remain largely opposed as well.
The Tennessee Board of Education could soon decide which charter schools can open up in the state. A proposal in the General Assembly gives charter applicants a way to bypass the local school board.
Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce released its annual Education Report Card today, with a lot of talk about charter schools.
Parents and students from Nashville’s Smithson-Craighead Middle School packed a district board meeting Tuesday night, asking for one more chance. The board ultimately revoked the school’s charter after three years of abysmal scores.
Great Hearts Academies is done trying to open a charter school in Nashville for now. The Arizona-based organization says in a statement that at this point “a successful school opening would be impossible.”
Governor Bill Haslam is walking back the suggestion Metro Schools could lose state money for not approving a controversial new charter school. This week’s board vote is being followed at the highest levels of state government.
Despite being vastly out-raised, Attorney Amy Frogge won the school board seat representing West Nashville. She more than doubled the vote count of her nearest competitor in the five person race.
A measure limiting charter schools’ ability to hire foreigners will become Tennessee law, but it won’t bear Governor Bill Haslam’s signature.
Governor Bill Haslam may be considering the legislative session’s first veto. He says this week he received the final version of a bill that limits the number of foreign workers that a charter school can employ.
A charter school director from California wants to start a network of new schools in Nashville.
Tennessee Department of Education is ready to change three struggling schools into charters. Two will be in Memphis, the other in Nashville. The schools themselves have not been named, but the groups that will lead them have been chosen.