Tennessee education committee chairs carrying for-profit charter bill

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee is sponsoring bill allowing charter schools to hire for-profit operators.

Under current law, the privately run publicly funded schools can contract out services, but are banned from hiring for-profit companies to operate or manage the school.

“We tried to do this last year,” said Gresham who declined to comment about the legislation until after the Senate’s bill filing deadline, Feb. 5. After that date, she said she will “have to reassess everything that I have and what’s going to be priorities and what may not be.”

The bill, SB1684, was filed last week by Gresham in the Senate and on Tuesday in the House of Representatives by Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, a favorite among education reform groups that support charter schools.

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