House Speaker Beth Harwell believes government is best that's closest to the people, and she tells us that repeatedly. But we're learning that maxim only applies to governments that toe the Republican line. When the Metro Council had the audacity to adopt a gay nondiscrimination ordinance, lawmakers shot it down. Now they're obviously getting ready to do the same thing to force our school board to accept Great Hearts Academy.
“We believe in local government and local school boards. But when they don’t give opportunities for our children, then that’s a problem,” Harwell tells Tennessee Report's Andrea Zelinski.
The speaker says she expects the legislature will consider in its next session whether to put the state government, not local school boards, in charge of authorizing charter schools. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is down with that.
“I am extremely dismayed that the Nashville school board is focused on limiting parental choice and educational opportunity for children,” Ramsey says. “It is unfortunate that the board seems mired in the old education politics while the rest of the state is moving forward.”