Charter school authorizer bill advances

Charter school authorizer bill advances


Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would create a special panel to authorize charter school applications is advancing in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark White of Memphis was approved 9-3 in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

The legislation is the amended version of a proposal that would have allowed charter school applicants in the state's largest school districts - Memphis and Nashville - to seek authorization from either the State Board of Education or the local school districts.

Currently local school boards decide whether to authorize a charter application.

Under the measure that advanced on Tuesday, the nine-member panel would be appointed by the governor and speakers of the House and Senate.

There are currently 48 charter schools in Tennessee.

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