NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee House gave final approval this afternoon to a controversial bill that allows the State Board of Education to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards.
Representatives voted 61-28 to concur with a minor amendment, sending the charter authorizer bill to Gov. Bill Haslam, who is expected to sign it.
The bill was introduced by House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, last year as a result of a dispute involving Nashville Metro schools, the State Board of Education and the Haslam administration.
The bill at this point would affect the state's five largest school districts, including Hamilton County.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...