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.