WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu March 28, 2013
Lawmakers Reject Bill Allowing Private Firms to Operate Tennessee For-Profit Schools
For-profit charter schools have been trying to make inroads in Tennessee. But a bill allowing investor-owned firms to manage day-to-day operations has been rejected in the Senate Education Committee.
The Volunteer State has required charter schools to be run by non-profits, even though the legislature has been friendly to for-profits in other fields such as virtual education.
Republican Joey Hensley of Hohenwald says the state is already moving to increase the number of charter schools.
“Then turning around and opening it up to for-profit companies to begin coming in, I don’t know if it’s good or bad but it’s a little bit concerning to me,” said Hensley.
The bill failed, with most of the committee’s GOP members refusing to vote.
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