The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would create a new state charter school commission to manage charter school appeals if operators are denied by a local school board.
House members voted 61-37 on Wednesday. It must still pass the Senate.
The legislation is backed by Gov. Bill Lee, although the current version is drastically scaled-back from the original bill he pitched that would have allowed charter school operators to bypass local school boards when seeking to open a new facility.
Lee says the bill is needed to make it easier to open high-quality charter schools and shutter poor performing ones.
Currently, the state Board of Education handles the appeals. However, under the proposed bill, a nine-member governor-appointed commission would be in charge of such appeals.