This will not come as a surprise to anyone who followed the Great Hearts saga, but it's worth confirming that lobbyists from the Phoenix-based charter operator will be walking the halls of Legislative Plaza next year.
TNReport reports the group is "in Nashville for the long haul," and passes along this from a Great Hearts attorney:
“The Nashville board’s disregard of the truth and repeated defiance of state law illustrates why an impartial Tennessee charter school authority is needed,” Great Hearts attorney Ross Booher said. “Since the governor and legislature gave all children the freedom to attend public charter schools, the board apparently now fears that many more parents and children will choose public schools that the board does not completely control.”
Booher: “If Tennessee puts in place an impartial state charter authority, Great Hearts would re-apply to that authority.”
Booher does go on to say he believes the Metro school board has a "major conflict of interest," but one can assume that his definition of an "impartial" charter authority is one that would have approved the Great Hearts application.