Charter School

Democrats on Capitol Hill Tuesday accused Republicans of abandoning their mantra of local government control in their handling of a proposed charter school for Nashville. Fired up over the Haslam administration’s fining Metro schools because its school board rejected the charter school application, Democrats said GOP leaders had adopted for the “big government” mindset they purport […]

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Press release from the Tennessee House Democrat Caucus; September 25, 2012:  NASHVILLE – State Democratic leaders criticized Gov. Bill Haslam for taking $3.4 million in taxpayer money away from Metro Nashville schools over the school board’s refusal to approve Great Hearts Academies. Members of the Davidson County legislative delegation, along with District 20 state Senate […]

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Press release from  the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; Sept. 19, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Senate Democrats on Wednesday condemned the state sanctions doled out against Metro Nashville Public Schools over its denial of a single charter school’s application. Gov. Bill Haslam, along with Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, announced Tuesday their decision to withhold $3.4 million […]

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Newsletter from Tennessee Charter School Association; Jan. 30, 2012:  It’s finally here, legislative season! This year should be a solid year for charter schools as we work to ensure operational stability. Last year the big philosophical issues were addressed, primarily Open Enrollment and removing the Caps on the number of charter schools allowed. At this […]

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Charter school advocates say they would like to bypass local school board authority when setting up new charters, but Gov. Bill Haslam said he’s comfortable with the recently passed reforms and wants to see how that works before doing anything else.

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Some lawmakers are hinting they may push more education reforms in 2012, but others contend the Legislature should instead focus on following through on the new laws they passed a few months ago.

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