TENNESSEE -

      Changes could be on the way for how Tennessee Charter Schools are authorized. Legislation was approved by a vote of 20-to-12 today.

     Under the legislation, the State Board of Education would become an authorizer and be able to overrule local school board decisions on charter applications in five counties where there are failing schools.

     Currently, local school boards decide whether to authorize a charter application, and opponents of the legislation say it should stay that way.