Nine charter school groups signal plans to apply to open in Nashville

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Nine charter school operators have signaled interest in applying to open new schools in Nashville, including six that would locate in the south part of the city and another looking to take over a low-performing Metro school.

The crop, which each has until April 1 to decide whether it wants to formally apply with the district, marks the first publicly financed, privately operated charters to approach Metro about opening schools here following the school board’s adoption of a controversial policy that outlines new parameters.

Citing financial pressures posed by the recent influx of new charters, the board has requested only two types of charter proposals: new elementary charter schools in south Davidson County to ease overcrowded schools there or groups willing to take over chronically poor-performing schools. Letters of intent to seek entry into Nashville were due on Friday.

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