NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A measure that seeks to change the way certain charter schools are authorized has passed the House.
The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark White of Memphis was approved 62-30 on Thursday. It's similar to the Senate version, which is expected to be taken up Friday on the Senate floor.
A number of attempts by Democrats to amend the bill failed.
Under the proposal, the state Board of Education would be able to overrule local school board decisions on charter applications in five counties where there are failing schools.
Those counties include more than 330,000 students in the state's four largest cities: Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Shelby. Hardeman County also would be affected.
Currently, local school boards decide whether to authorize a charter application.