Charter school association to hold enrollment fair Dec. 8

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 7:25pm

Parents seeking options on where to send their children to school will have another opportunity to shop around next month.

Eighteen charter schools will take applications at the first Nashville Charter School Information and Enrollment Fair on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Tennessee State University’s main campus.

“We look forward to hosting this inaugural event for Metro Nashville families,” said Tennessee Charter School Association Executive Director Matt Throckmorton, “where our primary goal is to help parents explore the charter school options and find a great fit for their child.”

The schools will include representatives from five charter schools that are set to open in the fall of 2013, along with officials from the other 13 operating charter schools. The institutions are all within the Metro Nashville Public Schools district and include schools teaching K-12.

Charter schools are publicly funded but privately run schools that operate with more autonomy than traditional public schools such as teaching longer school days or offering focused instruction in key area.

Schools that fail to meet student performance expectations or are mismanaged can be shut down in as little as three years. Earlier this month, district officials voted to shutter Smithson Craighead Middle School at the end of the school year.

The fair comes little more than a week after MNPS finishes accepting applications for parents wanting to send their students to other public schools outside their zoned school.

MNPS has received more than 8,400 applications from parents wanting to switch their students’ public school. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 30.

The charter school fair, hosted by TCSA’s Voice program, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the university’s Kean Hall, 3500 John A Merritt Blvd., Floyd Payne Campus Center.