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TCSC STATEMENT: Regarding State Board Decision on Green Dot Rocketship and Pathways in Education

The following statement is issued by Maya Bugg, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Charter School Center, in response to the State Board of Education’s Charter Appeal decisions: 

“Today’s decisions by the State Board of Education reflects both the benefit of process and the difficult considerations that go into making critical decisions about whether a school has the privilege to operate or not. We know it is not easy nor a responsibility that is taken lightly. 

We applaud the Board’s decision to approve Green Dot Public Schools. The progress Green Dot has madein the South Memphis community is noteworthy – from the increase in graduation rates to its strong growth in Algebra and English. As an operator, they have a strong network of experience and support in the communities they serve and we wish them similar success in launching their next Memphis school.

We also appreciate the work that operators such as Rocketship and Pathways in Education are investing daily to provide access to education options. Despite many of their students beginning multiple grade levels behind, MNPS’ Rocketship is making real progress in growing some of Nashville’s underprivileged students to grade level quickly. We are disappointed this success was not more heavily considered during the approval process. Additionally, we reiterate our strong belief in quality and accountability as a factor in evaluatingsuccess and stand ready to support Pathways in addressing the concerns laid out by the Board.

We respect the time and consideration that the State Board has exercised in each of these cases – both as a reviewer and an authorizer. As SCS and MNPS both continue to evaluate and establishconsistent criteria for evaluating applications, we encourage them to consider processes that not only uphold autonomy of and high expectations for potential schools, but also recognize the value of the multiple ways in which charter schools are demonstrating impact.”  

ABOUT THE TENNESSEE CHARTER SCHOOL CENTER

As the state's primary charter school support organization, the Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) is leading the movement for effective policy, excellent schools, quality operators & informed communities. We are driven by our mission to serve students and families, advocate for the conditions and resources that facilitate quality, and represent a coalition of schools that are committed to the values of equity, diversity, collaboration, integrity, and excellence we stand for. Our vision is for all students in Tennessee to have access to a high quality public education. Learn more at www.tnchartercenter.org.

Contact:

Amanda Henneghan

901-213-8492

Amanda [at] tnchartercenter [dot] org