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"We've got real quality CMO's that want to come into our district and educate our children well and to keep 'em out is not in the best interests of our students," says Dale.
Dale believes one solution is handing control over applications from charter management organizations to the state. A bill that passed the House Subcommittee would do just that in Tennessee's 2 largest cities.
"We've had some application processes that have demonstrated there's creeping politics into the process," says Tennessee Charter Schools Association's Matt Throckmorton. "An application shouldn't be determined on its political connections, it should be determined on its merit."
Is the state the right group to decide that merit? Lee Harrell is with the Tennessee School Board Association. He worries about the impact of allowing an unelected state board make decisions elected local officials are now making.
"In our opinion, the local boards are elected by the people and are directly held accountable to the people, and they should be the ones making these decisions," says Harrell.
This bill now heads to the Education Committee, where some lawmakers will try to tweak it. One Representative who voted "no" today tells us he believes it's wrong this bill only applies to Memphis and Nashville. He wants to change that.
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Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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