charter schools

Gov. Bill Haslam is warming to the idea of establishing a process whereby state education officials bypass local school districts when considering approval of new charter schools. The governor has for months indicated little interest in the idea, which is a departure from the current system wherein local elected officials determine whether to allow a […]

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Republicans face the tricky prospect of giving the state the authority to approve new charter schools — a move that would go against their mantra of local control in governing. Charter school opponents stand ready to point out any hint of hypocrisy.

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Local school boards are rejecting a troubling number of charter school applications, a state education official said, suggesting that more power to approve charters should be shifted to the state. The Tennessee State Board of Education, chaired by B. Fielding Rolston, overturned half of the 14 local school board charter-school rejections that it considered on […]

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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner predicts education to be a source of much debate next legislative session and for his party to face another year of uphill fights.

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Statehouse proponents portray measure as common-sense effort to increase charter-school transparency and encourage the hiring of Tennesseans. Detractors: It assumes the worst of people who’ve done nothing wrong.

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Press release from the Office of Mayor Karl Dean; Jan. 25, 2012: NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean and the Tennessee Charter School Incubator announced today that national charter school leader Todd Dickson has been recruited to Nashville to start a network of high-performing charter schools in 2014. The Incubator will host Dickson as its […]

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If all goes well, the state will give as many as four charter schools its blessing to take over some of the state’s worst performing schools, the superintendent of the state’s Achievement School District said. Nine charter schools applied with the state to turn around any of 13 failing schools under the jurisdiction of the […]

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The governor subscribes to estimates suggesting more than half the jobs created in the foreseeable future will require workers to have a college degree. If that proves true, it’ll pose problems for Tennessee unless things start changing fast, he said.

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The charter school debate did not end Wednesday at Freedom Prep in Memphis, but the stakes are clear. The state is searching for answers in education, and the new law is designed to give charter schools an opportunity to prove they can successfully play an ever larger role in turning Tennessee education around.

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Press Release from the House GOP Caucus, June 8, 2011: Mount Juliet Legislator Calls First Session the Most Successful in Tennessee History (NASHVILLE, June 8, 2011) – After years of near one Party control in Tennessee politics, Republicans won control of the Governor’s mansion, Senate, and House for the first time in the history of […]

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Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, Posted the Following Letter on Facebook, June 3, 2011: The first session of the 107th General Assembly adjourned late Saturday night, May 21st, after we aggressively worked the last several days to finish our business. We have a long list of accomplishments to point to, proving that it does […]

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Press Release from the GOP Caucus of the Tennessee Senate, May 20, 2011: (NASHVILLE, TN), May 20, 2011 – The State Senate approved major public charter schools legislation on Friday to create an environment that promotes the growth of high quality public charter schools in Tennessee. The bill is sponsored by Senate Speaker Pro Tempore […]

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