Do You Detect A Pattern?


TN mapIs it just me, or does it seem the GOP has an agenda to weaken the political influence of large cities where people tend to vote Democrat? No, I’m not just talking about North Carolina.

Charter school bill passes first test in Nashville

A bill allowing charter school applicants to apply directly to the state passed its first hurdle in Nashville Tuesday, potentially setting up a way for the suburbs here to have charter schools outside the control of the Unified Shelby County School Board.

The bill would allow charter school operators in Shelby and Davidson counties freedom to apply to the state to approve their charter applications instead of the local school board.


Rep. Joe Pitts, D-Chattanooga, challenged White on why the law should apply only to Memphis and Nashville.

“That’s where the activity in charters is going on. We thought it best to start the discussion there,” White said.

Would that would be a discussion like the “negotiations” over Asheville’s water supply or over Charlotte’s airport?

I just spoke with a town clerk on the other end of the state. When I told her about the NC Senate and the House bills aimed at placing the Charlotte airport under state control, she gasped, “That’s just not right.”


  1. Tom Sullivan says:

    Matt Throckmorton, executive director of the Tennessee Charter Schools Association: “We think this encourages [local school boards] to embrace high-quality applications even if they don’t like the model.”

    Encourage, as in go around them entirely.

  2. Doug Gibson says:

    Yeah – I still want to know how going to a sales-tax only approach (and getting rid of property taxes) increases the burden on commercial centers like downtown Asheville while letting newly water-rich county developments off the hook for pretty much everything except tchotchkes and luxury dinners.

  3. Tom Sullivan says:

    Now two (small-government, local control?) state representatives from Buncombe County — Tim Moffitt and Nathan Ramsey — want to put the Charlotte’s airport under state control. They are co-sponsors for the House bill. That’s three out of five members from Moffitt’s water study committee.

    Sen. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County joined the Senate version.

    And I expected Nathan wouldn’t be so quick to drink the Moffitt Kool-Aid. 🙁