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Tennessee Charter School Center
Updated April 18, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves governor’s call for a statewide charter school commission
Representatives vote 61-37 for Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to shift oversight of the state’s growing charter sector to a new nine-member body.
March 22, 2019
Tennessee’s governor says he wants to help low-income students in failing schools. But his voucher and charter plans cast a much wider net.
Critics say his signature proposals could end up benefiting middle-class families and changing the landscape of school systems that are doing just fine.
March 4, 2019
Charter school facility funding would double under Tennessee governor’s plan
The investment would give the state’s 112 charter schools the chance to vie for facility grants totaling $12 million.
January 14, 2019
Memphis school officials want to close charter school following investigation into grade-changing, other misconduct
Shelby County Schools officials are scheduled Tuesday to recommend closing Gateway University Charter School.
Fund Students First
Updated June 19, 2018
Memphis locals rally for extra school funding, demanding it be spent on student needs
Lobbying for how Shelby County Schools should spend an extra $12.7 million just granted from the county’s surplus,…
February 22, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam convened a ‘power meeting’ between Tennessee’s charter school and district leaders. Here’s why.
At issue is a new charter school law, which directs local districts to share student directory information requested by charter operators.
January 30, 2018
What needs to happen for a group of Memphis Catholic schools to become charters
No shortage of things must happen for the financially strapped schools to be transformed into what would be the largest charter school network in Memphis.
November 2, 2017
Tennessee charter group wins $8 million grant for building needs
Tennessee charter leaders hope to turn a new $8 million federal grant into $50 million worth of improvements to charter school buildings over the next five years.
April 10, 2017
Memphis education leaders are liking Tennessee’s charter school bill, despite having little initial input
The proposed overhaul addresses many issues that Memphis has been sorting out since district and charter leaders began working on last year as a coalition.
March 22, 2017
Tennessee inches up in national ranking of charter school laws
The state climbs from from 34th to 29th in the latest rankings from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
February 22, 2017
This sweeping proposal would rewrite Tennessee’s charter school law
A wide-ranging charter school bill written by the State Department of Education seeks to address concerns of both advocates and opponents.
Front and center
January 9, 2017
NAACP to put Memphis in spotlight in national debate over charter schools
The group's national task force is inviting discussion at seven hearings, including Tuesday's in Memphis, following the NAACP's call for a moratorium on charter expansion.
September 20, 2016
Comptroller report underscores ‘insufficient clarity, transparency’ in Tennessee funding for charter schools
Guidelines are so muddled on how funding should be allocated to charter schools that it’s unclear whether those schools are receiving the correct amount, a report says.
January 26, 2016
School board vote commits Shelby County’s district and charter sectors to trying to collaborate
The agreement commits both sectors to trying to work through some sticky issues, including ones about funding and facilities, but it does not actually resolve them.
September 10, 2015
Education Pioneers’ Maya Bugg named Tennessee Charter School Center’s CEO
The new leader will support Tennessee's growing charter sector through advocacy and advice, bringing in new high-quality charter schools, and helping charter schools work together.
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