Charter Schools

Charter School Bill Will Get Another Vote

Today, Sen. Hob Bryan held the charter school bill (SB 2161) on a  motion to reconsider, giving senators another opportunity to vote on it, probably tomorrow. Please give your senator a call! As this bill stands now, even some districts currently rated A and B could be cannibalized by charter schools seeking high-performing students. How? Educators predict that changes …

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Charter Bill Needs a Change – Please Call

Please give your senator a call about the charter school bill before Monday afternoon. While high quality charter schools can be a beneficial addition in chronically under-performing (D or F) school districts, they have the potential to harm good school districts by pulling away resources and diminishing the education provided to the vast majority of …

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Charter Schools in A, B, & C Districts, Calls Needed!

The House Education Committee has passed a bill that would allow charter schools to locate in any school district (including A, B, and C districts) without local board approval and would permit students to cross district lines to attend charter schools anywhere in the state, taking their local taxes with them. Ask your legislators to vote NO …

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Tennessee Charter School Law Eliminates Profit Motive

For-profit entities are not allowed to operate or manage charter schools in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Education: Though a few states allow for-profit entities to operate public charter schools, and many states allow non-profit charter school governing bodies to contract with for-profit entities to operate or manage charter schools, Tennessee law prohibits …

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Florida For-profit, Virtual Charter Lobbyists Backing MS Voucher Bill

There have been plenty of clues that the voucher bill being pushed in the Mississippi Legislature is not really about helping children with special needs (as it has been framed). One telling moment was when those pushing the vouchers refused to amend the bill to require that the voucher schools actually be capable of serving children with …

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Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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