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Charter school advocates seek independent board

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Supporters of Tennessee charter schools say they're pushing for an independent board with authority to approve new institutions because the current oversight of local school boards is too political.

Tennessee local school boards have sole authority to approve charter schools.

Tennessee Charter School Association executive director Matt Throckmorton told The Commercial Appeal that under the current system local politics plays too large a role in where charters are permitted to open (http://bit.ly/rsMMDU).

Throckmorton and other charter school advocates plan to ask state lawmakers during the next legislative session to support an independent board.

Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler opposes the idea. He believes "a locally-elected and well-trained board of education is in the best position to make the decision about which applications should be accepted for charter schools."

 

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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