Virtual school cap passes; charter schools delayed

5:53 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
Tennessee Virtual Academy student Jalea Slater, 8, left, takes a spelling test from her mother, Ester Bradford, while Jayla Slater, 10, does a math lesson at home in Goodlettsville. / Samuel M. Simpkins / The Tennessean
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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II / Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee House has approved a proposal that caps enrollment in virtual schools.

The House voted 66-29 Tuesday to pass the bill that allows beginning online schools an enrollment of 1,500 with the ability to expand as long as they meet performance requirements.

If they fail to do so for three consecutive years, then the state education commissioner could chose to cap enrollment or direct the local school board to close the school.

Meanwhile Tuesday, a proposal to create a state panel to authorize charter schools for five counties was delayed in the Senate Finance Committee.

Another education-related bill to allow school employees who are current or former law enforcement officers and meet certain requirements to carry guns in elementary, middle and high schools passed 82-15 in the House.

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