Five charter groups appeal Metro school board's rejections

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 12:43am

Five charter school groups have appealed the Metro school board’s prior rejections of their applications to run privately operated, publicly funded charter schools in Nashville.

Officials of KIPP Nashville and Great Hearts Academies had already publicly vowed to appeal the board’s May 29 decisions to deny their charter applications. In addition, leaders of Purpose Prep Academy, Excel Academy and Genesis Transitions have appealed the board’s denials, Alan Coverstone, who oversees charter and magnet schools with the district, told The City Paper Tuesday.

Denied charter applicants had until Wednesday to file their appeals with Metro. The school board has set a June 26 meeting to deliberate and vote on charter application appeals.

The five appeals come on the heels of the school board’s votes two weeks ago to authorize the operation of two new charter schools for the 2013-14 school year, but deny the applications of eight other would-be charter schools.

The school board last month signed off on proposals for Intrepid College Prep and Nashville Classical, two charter groups that originated from the Tennessee Charter School Incubator, a Mayor Karl Dean-supported charter training ground backed by Boston-based Building Excellent Schools.

A third incubator school, Purpose Prep, also applied to operate in Davidson County, but the school board handed down a denial. The group has now appealed.

At Tuesday’s regularly scheduled school board meeting, KIPP Nashville Executive Director Randy Dowell, who is hoping to open a new Whites-Creek area charter, addressed the board to provide notice of his appeal.

Dowell deferred remarks to a letter he sent to Metro school officials earlier Tuesday that details KIPP Nashville’s student achievement and growth scores.

5 Comments on this post:

By: me55 on 6/13/12 at 5:11

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Better investigate Islamic involvement in charter schoold,group which is based in Texas.

By: NilsOrion on 6/13/12 at 5:22

I simply do not understand the madness of today's politics. Private enterprises decry big government, then cry 'foul' when said government denies their application to run a 'private' enterprise using 'public' funds. As Shakespeare said, "There's something rotten in the state of (America)."

By: Rasputin72 on 6/13/12 at 7:06

There is money in educating the uneducable evidently. These charter schools will be turning out PHDs in a decade or so that cannot read and write a complete sentence.

By: pswindle on 6/13/12 at 11:29

We need to keep the money in public education that is where the mass is educated. The Charter Schools can do what they please with the public money for private use. Yiu can bet it will not go to the students. They will claim that the overhead will eat up of the money.

By: cookeville on 6/15/12 at 9:02

" I simply do not understand the madness of today's politics. Private enterprises decry big government, then cry 'foul' when said government denies their application to run a 'private' enterprise using 'public' funds. As Shakespeare said, "There's something rotten in the state of (America)."
Corporations now own the govt. from local to national. So they get testy when govt. doesn't do their bidding. We have allowed them to use our money to fund their own for profit enterprises. So they naturally think that tax funded private schooling is their right and any number of private schools they wish to have, they should have. So now, we not only fund public education, but also private schools. But unfortunately, our money is going into the pockets of those who run the private schools. I personally don't want the taxes I pay to line their pockets. I can't see how that is 'promoting the general welfare'. However, it is promoting the general welfare of private individuals. I remain opposed to using public money to run private businesses, no matter how they are packaged.