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Statewide Public Charter School Authorizer Bill Passes

Report by tnsuccess.org

Following approval by the House last week, the Senate passed HB940/ SB796 sending the bill to the Governor’s desk for his signature. This piece of legislation is a signature piece of Governor Lee’s 2019 legislative agenda and establishes a nine-member statewide public charter school authorizer commission to help establish more good public charter schools and close those that are not performing well. The new commission will have the authority to review on appeal applications to establish a new charter school if denied by a local school board. This piece of legislation will also allow the commission to serve as a local education agency for any public charter school it authorizes.
At Tennesseans for Student Success, we believe this legislation will have a positive impact on the expansion of high-quality public charter schools across the state by
ensuring the charter school appellate process is consistent.
Also, we hope this will increase the number of high-quality applications to establish new public charter schools.
We thank Governor Lee for his commitment to
improving access to excellent public education options and ensuring success for all our students!