Lee Harrell

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.


A Capitol Hill lobbyist challenging state Rep. Joshua Evans has a 2010 DUI arrest record. But Evans and the state lawmaker who released the information both avoided likening the situation to that of Rep. Curry Todd.


Lee Harrell, lobbyist for the Tennessee School Board Association, is challenging two-term Rep. Joshua Evans in the GOP primary to represent House District 66, which is comprised of Robertson County.


Press release from Lee Harrell, Candidate for House District 66; April 5, 2012: WHITE HOUSE—Lee Harrell has qualified to challenge Joshua Evans for the Republican nomination in House District 66. Harrell currently works for the Tennessee School Boards Association as the Director of Government and Labor Relations and resides in White House. “I am running […]

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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.


Speaker Beth Harwell, GOP Chairwoman Debra Maggart want issues like merit pay, teacher evaluations left completely to school boards.


Teacher’s union says it’ll study the governor’s education reform agenda unveiled this week, then offer responses and positions of its own soon.

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