The back and forth from Mike Turner and Beth Harwell on the statewide charter authorizer that authorizes charter schools only in two counties.
“They’re not going to put charter schools in Old Hickory or Madison or Antioch. They want one in Green Hills,” Turner told reporters. “This is going to lead to resegregation of schools. This is not fair. It’s wrong.”
Madam Speaker, your response?
Q: The Democrats had a media avail this morning. Mike Turner is upset about your bill. He says you’re trying to resegregate schools in Nashville. What do you say to that?
Harwell: That is not my goal at all. If anything, the current charter schools that exist are located in our lower income areas. They are close to about 98 percent minority members. The ones that are doing well are doing exceptionally well. This would have actually made it possible for more diversity within our public charter school system, I believe. …
Q: How would the schools be more diverse? You mean more white?