House Sinks For-Profit Charter Schools Bill, After Rare Plea From Speaker Harwell

House Sinks For-Profit Charter Schools Bill, After Rare Plea From Speaker Harwell
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell expects lawmakers will revisit the prospect of requiring a prescription to get certain cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine. She also expressed optimism for allowing wine to be sold in groceries, instead of strictly liquor stores. (Credit Daniel Potter)

A House committee, spurred on by Speaker Beth Harwell’s urging, sunk a bill that would’ve let for-profit corporations oversee charter schools in Tennessee.

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Industrial Hemp Goes From Fringe To Front Burner For Tenn. Legislature

Industrial Hemp Goes From Fringe To Front Burner For Tenn. Legislature
Hemp has not been grown legally in the US since 1958, though some farmers have tried small scale plots. Credit: sareoutreach via Flickr

The time for growing hemp in Tennessee has come, according to leaders of the state legislature who have recently opened their minds to the agricultural potential. The cousin to cannabis has been legalized for industrial use in nine other states.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – State Charter Authorizer vs Local Control

Charter schools have returned to the state legislature's front burner. A proposed bill that is facing some bi-partisan resistance would allow the state to authorize new charters. Democrats are upset that the bill only applies to schools in Nashville and Memphis. And one Republican lawmaker - a former superintendent - says it violates the GOP’s belief in local control.

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