- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that changes the way certain charter schools are authorized is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The House on Monday agreed to technical changes made by the Senate, including changing the effective date to next school year. The House speaker limited debate to that change and not the substance of the bill, which the House approved 62-30 last year and the Senate approved 20-13 last month.

Under the legislation, the State Board of Education would become an authorizer and be able to overrule local school board decisions on charter applications in five counties where there are failing schools.

Those counties include 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, and opponents of the legislation say it should stay that way.


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