Gov. Bill Lee has proposed 50 new charter schools in Tennessee affiliated with Hillsdale College, a private, Christian school in Michigan - and in a way, Hamilton County is at the forefront of the effort.
Skillern Elementary, set to open this fall, uses a Hillsdale curriculum and is part of Hillsdale's network. But Skillern predates the governor's initiative.
Skillern's founders say their curriculum is entirely secular and they do not plan to use the most controversial aspect of the Hillsdale curriculum, a course of civics lessons based on American exceptionalism.
Skillern Elementary is to be a feeder school to Ivy Academy in Soddy-Daisy, an existing public charter school that serves grades six to 12.