Tennessee charter school "authorizer" bill struggling in Senate committee

photo The Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville.

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - A bill creating a statewide charter school "authorizer" for Hamilton County and four other school systems is struggling in Tennessee's Senate Finance Committee.

The bill was postponed earlier today yet again after Senate Finance Chairman Bo Watson, R-Hixson, questioned why the bill applies solely to the five counties and not statewide.

"I'm trying to figure out what problems we're solving with this legislation," Watson told the sponsor, Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville. "In my view you're taking away some level of local control to fix a problem that may be very isolated and a variation in the normal process of approving charter schools."