Mark White en Tennessee Charter Authorizer Sponsor ‘Listening’ to Input <p></p><p></p><p>A bill to create a state charter authorizer has been delayed. The sponsor now says he’s listening to critics, who say the legislation unfairly singles out Nashville and Memphis.</p><p><strong><wbr></strong>As written, the bill would give charter schools a way to open in Tennessee’s two largest urban areas without asking the school board – officially known as the local education authority or LEA.&nbsp; Rep. Mark White is the sponsor and says he could be on-board with a true statewide charter authorizer if local school boards do the initial vetting.</p><p><em><wbr><wbr>“If we go back to the LEAs – letting them have first input on this – this will be a statewide application,” White says.</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:34:54 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 28277 at Tennessee Charter Authorizer Sponsor ‘Listening’ to Input