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VOL. 37 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 19, 2013

Charter school authorizer bill dead this session

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A measure that seeks to change the approval process for charter schools in Tennessee has failed this session.

The proposal seemed poised for a vote on the Senate floor on Friday, the last day of the session. But Republican Senate sponsor Dolores Gresham of Somerville withdrew it after she concluded she didn't have the votes to pass it.

The House passed the companion 62-30 on Thursday.

The measure had gone through at least three versions during the General Assembly.

Under the proposal, the state Board of Education would have been able to overrule local school board decisions on charter applications in five counties where there are failing schools.

They are: Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Shelby and Hardeman counties.

Currently, local school boards decide whether to authorize a charter application.