On Friday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed House Bill 940, legislation that creates a state commission that will thoroughly review and approve high-quality public charter school applications that have been denied by local districts.
“Education is the great equalizer, and all families deserve the same opportunity to find the best educational fit for their children. For too long, deserving Tennessee charter petitioners have been rejected by local districts, denying students access to quality educational options. Governor Lee and the legislature have wisely enacted new checks and balances on this process, ensuring that high-quality public charter schools can open their doors to more students.
“ExcelinEd in Action appreciates the many supporters of this legislation, including Governor Lee, Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson and House Majority Leader William Lamberth who sponsored the bill, TennesseeCAN, the Tennessee Charter School Center, the Tennessee Federation for Children, Tennessee SCORE and Tennesseans for Student Success.”
Ryan Mahoney, Senior Legislative Director for ExcelinEd in Action
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