Great Hearts to appeal denial of charter application to state education board

Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 5:47pm

After being denied twice by the Metro school board, charter school operator Great Hearts Academies plans on appealing its case to the state.

Great Hearts’ CEO Daniel Scoggin and Chief Academic Officer Peter Bezanson sent an email to supporters yesterday saying they were “pleased to announce that Great Hearts Academies will appeal to the State of Tennessee for approval of our charter application to Metro Nashville Public Schools.” The charter group executives said they would file the appeal with the state this week.

In the email, Scoggin and Bezanson point out that Metro Nashville Public Schools’ review committee recommended approval of their application, even though the board voted to deny them. The board had concerns about diversity and limited transportation options for low-income students even after Great Hearts revised their application.

The State Board of Education will hear Great Hearts’ appeal. So far this year, six schools across the state have successfully appealed to the SBE, while three decisions to deny charters were upheld, according to board minutes.

If approved by the SBE, Great Hearts said they plan to open its first Nashville school in August 2014.

7 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 7/5/12 at 7:41

It is time for them to pack up and go home. We do not want them.

By: jonw on 7/6/12 at 8:28


Who is "We" pswindle?
Metro Nashville Public Schools’ review committee recommended approval of their application. Somebody must want them.

By: playthegame on 7/6/12 at 8:56

Administration for MNPS.

By: Specter47 on 7/6/12 at 10:03

Stop speaking for everyone, pswindle. You and all your leftist gaggle of friends can't stand the thought of a school that allows anyone in, even rich white kids. It will be nice to have a school that doesn't consider a family's income or race when considering who will be admitted as a student. And as far as transportation? Kids from all over Nashville go to the magnet schools, and have to provide their own transportation. Why should this be any different?

By: hummingbirdhill on 7/6/12 at 11:58

At first, I got excited about Great Hearts, especially since I live in West Nashville, but after talking to friends in AZ, and reading about who they take as teachers, and how much they pay their teachers (tops 31, 000 / age 49 - 64) I started to wonder who they hire.

I found this info in more than one source. I just think we should know more about who is employed. I believe in paying for what you get, that's all

By: Balo on 7/6/12 at 4:45

A recommendation to the Charter Schools, make sure you buy the textbooks from the company that makes the standardized test. It makes it easier for those Teach American teachers to get the kids to memorize the material and achieve high scores.

Just trying to help.

By: CitizensWin on 7/9/12 at 2:18

If building an Charter school is so important to this out fit from Arizona, then why not build a private school and show us what a great school it is.

But Noooooooooooooo, they so much want our government money, they just can't stand it. Period.

The school board has turned them down twice. And this out-of-state outfit has the audacity to take it to the State of Tennessee. Does Metro school board really want the state to start calling the shots for our local school board. We don't go to Arizona and tell them how to run their schools

Great Hearts is like a kid taking their toys out of the sand box and crying like babies. Quite Whining. Go back home to Arizona. We don't your stinking charters.



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