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Action on Tennessee Charter Schools Expected This Week

May 4, 2009

Nashville, TN – Action is expected this week on proposed legislation to give Tennessee students increased access to charter schools. Such schools receive public money and are free from some regulations that apply to other public schools, in exchange for performance accountability.

Jerry Winters with the Tennessee Education Association(TEA) says the group's objection to charter schools is that they create a migration of students to the charter institutions, instead of improving all schools.

"If charter schools have got some advantages, and they do, such as generally smaller class sizes, a lot more parental involvement, we need to replicate those in all schools. We don't need to be setting up basically quasi-private schools using public funds to do it."

Winters says the TEA urges caution in expanding the role of charter schools in Tennessee.

"We do not think Tennessee ought to give a blank check to charter schools. They're still an unproven concept. The Tennessee legislature ought to move pretty slowly in that area."

One bill being considered would allow more students to enroll in charter schools and another would eliminate a cap on the number of charter schools allowed in Tennessee.

Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN