Board denies all six charter school applicants

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 3:47am

All six applicants who sought to open new charters schools in Nashville will have to wait another round.

The Metro Nashville Board of Education voted Tuesday night to disapprove each of this year’s charter school candidates, as members followed the recommendations of Alan Coverstone, the district’s director of charter and private schools.

“Anybody whose built an organization or ever worked in a school knows that it takes a lot of work,” Coverstone said. “So, it’s not a negative judgment on the work they’ve done so far, it’s just a need to do more work.”

Metro school officials have moved the district’s next charter school application deadline to April 1, as opposed to the traditional October deadline. If approved during that cycle, accepted charter schools would open in 2011.

The applicants rejected this time around can apply again, Coverstone said, adding he’s willing to work with each of them to improve their candidacies.

Proposals, which ranged from single-gender to science-based, made up the first round of applicants following the state’s passage of a new law that opened charter enrollment to more students, while raising the number of charter schools permitted in Davidson County to 20.

The six applicants were:

21st Century Learning Academy, a middle school for 5th-8th grade students

Drexel Academy, for K-8th grade students

Metro Prep, an all-boys school for K-12th grade students

Nashville School of Science and Technology, a middle school for 5th-8th grade students

New Vision Academy, an affiliate of Intervention Inc., a middle school for 5th-8th grade students

Smithson-Craighead High School, which would have operated alongside Smithson-Craighead’s elementary and middle schools, already in Nashville

8 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 11/11/09 at 4:30

Big surprise (NOT)

The fox interviewing other foxes to guard the hen houses.

The State or someone else should be interviewing or better yet let existing private schools expand.

By: frank brown on 11/11/09 at 6:56

I am delighted that the school board was able to see that these so called charter schools were and are a sham.

By: frodo on 11/11/09 at 7:19

Sorry, Frank, but you don't know what you are talking about. I'm not familiar with all of these organizations, but I do know that Smithson-Craighead is "for real." Why do you say that any of these organizations and proposed schools are a sham? Or have you been smoking the teachers union policy papers?

By: govskeptic on 11/11/09 at 7:28

I hope the Board does not feel the same as Mr. Brown. It will
always be hard for Charter's to get a foot hold in this or
anyother county. They are expected to walk in with
less resources and yet provide grandeous plans and policies
to match the public schools even though their dreams are
for a different and hopefully better way to teach the children.

The State Legislature and the TEA will always throw roadblocks
to derail Charter Schools except for the ones copying the
public schools. Both seem to be satisfied, and have for
yrs., with the pathetic status quo even while never
admitting such and continously asking for more dollars.

By: localboy on 11/11/09 at 8:58

I'm afraid they are using the current public school system as their litmus test for an appropriate structure, which establishes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

By: idgaf on 11/11/09 at 9:38

We don't have a school system we have indoctranation centers whos purpose it is to dumb down the kids so they vote for anti-American presidents and other socialists/communist.

By: xhexx on 11/11/09 at 11:21

As long as the Metro School Board is making the decisions, there'll never be any charter schools.

By: real_frank_brown on 11/11/09 at 3:27

frank, I agree with the poster that said you dont know what you are talking about.