TN House approves bill allowing state to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards

TN House approves bill allowing state to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards

April 14th, 2014 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

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.