Metro Schools receives grant worth $100K from charter school organization

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:55pm
Staff reports

Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Office of Innovation has been named a recipient of a grant of more than $100,000, primarily in in-kind services, from a national charter school organization.

MNPS is one of four organizations nationwide to receive a Performance Management, Replication and Closure Grant from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

“Being selected as one of just four cities nationwide shows the level of care and commitment surrounding school choices that is happening in Nashville,” said Alan Coverstone, executive director of the Office of Innovation.

“We have proven, and continue to prove, our ability to offer traditional public schools, charter schools, and innovative schools. The key is to maintain oversight of all schools to ensure they are delivering what they’ve promised families.”

According to an MNPS release, the grant will be used to try to increase the number of high performing schools, to further develop tools to assist in authorizing and renewing charter applicants, and to expand educational opportunities for all students.

Two other organizations — Ball State University and Atlanta Public Schools — have also been selected to receive the grant. A fourth is expected to be announced.

Through the PMRC grant services, Metro Schools will work in partnership with Public Impact, a national organization that works to improve education, as well as Matthew Shaw — someone knowledgeable in charter school financials — to “develop clear academic, organizational and financial targets that charter schools must meet to renew the charter.”

Metro Schools will receive training to establish internal review teams meant to perform future assessments.