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Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell expects lawmakers will revisit the prospect of requiring a prescription to get certain cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.  She also expressed optimism for allowing wine to be sold in groceries, instead of strictly liquor stores. (Credit Daniel Potter)

House Sinks For-Profit Charter Schools Bill, After Rare Plea From Speaker Harwell

by / on April 3, 2014

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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Changing The Story? The Decision To Edit A Hotbutton Post For Clarity

Changing The Story? The Decision To Edit A Hotbutton Post For Clarity

by / on January 23, 2014

What did Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic really say about segregation in charter schools? We explain why we revised our post for clarity.

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Chris Barbic (left) was chosen by Gov. Bill Haslam to lead the state's Achievement School District. He previously started YES Prep in Houston, which also serves primarily low-income minority students. Credit: TN Photo Services

Black Caucus Wants Chris Barbic To Come Talk Charter School Segregation

by / on January 23, 2014

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.

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Chris Barbic (left) tours Aspire Academy in Memphis with Gov. Bill Haslam (right). Barbic was named as the first leader of the state's Achievement School District, which was created to turn around the state's lowest performing schools. Barbic came to Tennessee from Houston, where he started a nationally recognized charter school organization. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1992. Credit: TN Photo Services

Don’t Blame Charter Schools For Lacking Diversity, Says Top TN Reformer

by / on January 21, 2014

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.

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A Visit to Tennessee’s Education Bill Graveyard

A Visit to Tennessee’s Education Bill Graveyard

by / on April 8, 2013

Tennessee lawmakers bit off more than they could chew this session when it comes to classroom reform.

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For-Profit Charters Won’t Give Up

For-Profit Charters Won’t Give Up

by / on April 4, 2013

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.

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NIMBY Complaints Cured with Narrower Charter Authorizer

NIMBY Complaints Cured with Narrower Charter Authorizer

by / on April 3, 2013

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.

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With End Near, State Legislature Starts to Kill Off Contested Bills

With End Near, State Legislature Starts to Kill Off Contested Bills

by / on April 2, 2013

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.

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For-Profit Charters Plowing Path to Tennessee

For-Profit Charters Plowing Path to Tennessee

by / on March 18, 2013

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.

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State Charter Authorizer Steaming Through Resistance

by / on March 13, 2013

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.

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State Authorizer Gives Charters Way to Bypass Nashville, Memphis Boards

State Authorizer Gives Charters Way to Bypass Nashville, Memphis Boards

by / on February 12, 2013

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.

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Charter Schools Emphasized in Chamber of Commerce Report

by / on December 17, 2012

Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce released its annual Education Report Card today, with a lot of talk about charter schools.

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Smithson-Craighead Middle to Close, Charter Revoked

Smithson-Craighead Middle to Close, Charter Revoked

by / on November 13, 2012

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.

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Great Hearts Backs Down After Fourth MNPS Rejection

by / on September 12, 2012

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.”

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Haslam Backs Off Threats to Withhold State Money from MNPS

Haslam Backs Off Threats to Withhold State Money from MNPS

by / on August 16, 2012

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.

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With Fewer Dollars, Frogge Wins School Board Race

With Fewer Dollars, Frogge Wins School Board Race

by / on August 3, 2012

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.

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Haslam Lets Charter School Measure Become Law

by / on May 2, 2012

A measure limiting charter schools’ ability to hire foreigners will become Tennessee law, but it won’t bear Governor Bill Haslam’s signature.

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Governor Leaning Against Foreign Worker Restrictions for Charter Schools

Governor Leaning Against Foreign Worker Restrictions for Charter Schools

by / on April 24, 2012

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.

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Acclaimed Charter School Leader Coming to Nashville

by / on January 25, 2012

A charter school director from California wants to start a network of new schools in Nashville.

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State Names LEAD to Take on Another Charter School Conversion

by / on November 16, 2011

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.

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