Tennessee NAACP reveals next steps on charter school moratorium

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Tennessee NAACP met with parents and organizations who are fighting for charter schools on Tuesday.

During the meeting, local leaders said Tennessee and Mississippi will have a seat at the table of a special task force that will bring recommendations to help fix what they call a problem.

"Put a reasoned pause on starting additional schools until at which time that we have done thorough research, and we can make sure that our children are getting what they need to get," said Gloria J. Sweet-Love with the NAACP.

"It is then our responsibility to go forth and work with legislative bodies to get legislation passed," she added.

The NAACP said privately managed charter schools have weak oversight and often get public money at the expense of public schools.

"The other piece that we're really concerned about is that we know charter schools have a history of over disciplining. In other words, putting out those kids that might be a possible discipline problem," said Sweet-Love.

"All of our charters in Tennessee are non-profit entities. So, we're talking about ones that have a board, public transparency. You're able to go and request the documents for everything that they're doing," said Anjelica Hall with the Tennessee Charter School Center.

While the NAACP doesn't expect to find performance issues with Tennessee charter schools, local  leaders said they expect to find problems with the way they are funded.

"My problem is that we're still drawing from the same pool of public funds for education instead of developing a new fund for these experimental schools," said Rep. G. A. Hardaway.

"All we're saying is pull the cover off, make sure there is plenty of transparency, make sure there is plenty of accountability. If they are doing that, your school should be alright. There shouldn't be any problem ."

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