Supporters protest 'hostility' toward Nashville charter schools

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The protesters also opposed Metro Councilman Steve Glover’s plan to ask the state to give Nashville a moratorium on approving charter schools.

“We’re here to essentially send the message that the hostility toward high-quality charter schools needs to end and that we need to be seen as a tool,” said Rebecca Lieberman, vice president of external affairs for the Tennessee Charter School Center.

School board member Will Pinkston called the hostility allegation “kind of absurd.” The system will have nearly 25 open charter schools in 2014, and about 5 percent of the system’s 83,000 students already attend one of the publicly financed but privately operated schools.

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