Tennessee Charter School Authorizer Bill Passes House

Apr 19, 2013

A measure seeking to change the way certain Tennessee charter schools are authorized has passed the House.

The proposal was approved 62-30 Thursday. It's similar to the Senate version, which is expected to be taken up today on the Senate floor.

A number of attempts by Democrats to amend the bill failed.

Under the proposal, the state Board of Education would be able to overrule local school board decisions on charter applications in five counties where there are failing schools. Those counties include more than 330,000 students in the state's four largest cities: Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Shelby. Hardeman County also would be affected.

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