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TCSC Releases 2018 Charter School Report, Hosts Student Success Forum

Forum Highlights Ways High-performing Schools are Supporting Broader State Education Goals

Nashville, TN The Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) today released its 2018 Impact Report, which provides an overview of the Tennessee charter school movement and highlights ways charters are promoting excellence and innovation in K-12 education.

TCSC CEO Maya Bugg highlighted the report during a Student Success Forum held at Cordell Hull earlier today that featured presentations from leaders of high-performing charter schools.

“The 2018 Impact Report confirms Tennessee’s charter school movement continues to evolve and improve, generating real results for students and communities,” Bugg said. “Since the state’s first charter school opened in Memphis fifteen years ago, dozens of charters have opened the doors of opportunity for thousands of children statewide. Today, 111 charter schools are serving more than 35,000 students, and we could not be more encouraged by the work these schools are doing to strengthen our K-12 education system and better prepare graduates for a successful future.”

Bugg continued, “Not only are charter schools promoting choice and opportunity in education, they are also playing an instrumental role in helping the state address a number of critical education issues, including literacy and workforce development. We are proud of the innovation fostered within Tennessee’s charter schools, and look forward to working with state leaders to ensure continued growth in the years ahead.”

State policymakers attended the Student Success Forum, along with students, parents and faculty from several charter schools from across the state. During the forum, Nashville Classical Charter School Principal Charles Friedman shared information about his school’s successful efforts to strengthen childhood literacy, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering highlighted the school’s partnership with Smith & Nephew to help students think more proactively about local job opportunities, and Chattanooga Girls Leadership Principal Maryo Beck offered an overview of the school’s work to encourage more young women to pursue STEM education. 

To read the 2018 Impact Report, click here. Check out photos from the Forum for Student Success here