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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.
Wednesday, February 13 2013, 12:00 AM CST
More women arrested for pain pills stresses jails
May 21, 2013 16:44 GMT
KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee prosecutor says the burgeoning pain pill problem is filling jails beyond capacity with women.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/13HXKj6 ) three of the four counties in his district have overcrowded jails, largely because of an increase in women being arrested.
Johnson said women are becoming pain pill addicts and described the situation as an epidemic.
Johnson said when mothers become addicted, their children often go without food and parenting. He said sometimes children end up under the care of the Department of Children's Services, further stressing an overburdened agency.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.