May 9-15, 2021 marks the annual celebration of National Charter Schools Week. This year is an exciting one as it is the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law, which changed the future of public education and student success forever. In recognition of our movement's history and future, this year's theme is National Charter Schools Week 2021: 30 Years Strong.
The unique challenges of 2020, from devastating tornadoes in Tennessee to a global pandemic, put the nimble nature of public charter schools to the test as educators across the state quickly identified innovative ways to keep students engaged and avoid learning losses. TCSC was also faced with the need to be creative and flexible in the ways we supported public charter schools, as well as their families and educators.
In this year's TCSC Annual Impact Report, we highlight not only the challenges and successes of Tennessee's public charter schools over the past year, but also inspiring stories that illustrate why our collaborative work is so important. We are excited to share our 2021 Annual Impact Report with you.
TCSC Statement Regarding Governor's Call for Temporary Suspension of Accountability Measures 2020-2021
TENNESSEE — At TCSC, we believe in the value a high quality statewide assessment can provide, especially in a time where identifying learning losses and any areas of widening achievement gaps is more critical than ever.
Tennessee Charter School Center Hires New Chief Policy Officer and Promotes Vice President of External Affairs
TENNESSEE - The Tennessee Charter School Center has hired Elizabeth Fiveash as its new Chief Policy Officer. In addition to its new chief policy officer, the Tennessee Charter School Center has promoted Emily Lilley to the role of Vice President of External Affairs.
TENNESSEE - With its roots in social justice and sustainable change, the Tennessee Charter School Center is devastated by the grand jury’s failure to indict Louisville, Kentucky, officers for their role in the Mar. 13, 2020, death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician who was killed inside her home.
TENNESSEE - The Tennessee Charter School Center team has been heartbroken by the unjust killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
TENNESSEE - May 10 - May 16, 2020 we celebrated National Charter School Week across the nation. We celebrated by sharing the innovative and empathetic ways Tennessee public charter schools leaders and staff have found to continue to go above and beyond for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (MASE) was one of 22 schools awarded the Tennessee STEM School Designation for 2020. This honor was developed with the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Education and the STEM Leadership Council to identify and recognize schools in their commitment to teaching STEM and/or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and integrating strategies that ultimately prepare students for post-secondary college and career success in the 21st century.
TENNESSEE - COVID-19 continues to be a source of caution for families, schools, local and state officials. As the health and well-being of our students, employees and community remains our top priority, we are continuing to monitor recommended courses of action and share resources as they become available. Please see below a compiled list of information and resources that is continuously being updated by our team.
TENNESSEE - We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are providing important updates in this email. Later this week, we will share information about distance learning and educating students from vulnerable populations. As a reminder, we will hold our weekly call with the State Leaders Council at 2:00 pm Eastern Time on Friday, March 27, 2020.
TENNESSEE - After taking into consideration the cautionary closures of all schools through March 31st to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the recent tornados which disrupted many school calendars, the Tennessee General Assembly is set to pass bipartisan bills that would relieve schools of their mandatory TNReady assessment requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
TENNESSEE- COVID-19 continues to be a source of caution for families, schools, local and state officials. As the health and well-being of our students, employees and community remains our top priority, we are continuing to monitor recommended courses of action and share resources as they become available.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today the Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) released its 2020 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.
Changes to go into Effect for the 2020-2021 School Year
Nashville, Tenn. – 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 following statement is issued by The Tennessee Charter School Center Team in response to Governor Bill Lee’s appointing members to the Charter School Commission.
MEMPHIS, Tenn -- The following statement is issued by the Tennessee Charter School Center, in response to the US Dept. of Education finding no conflict in Compass Community Schools' lease.
NASHVILLE, Tenn -- The following statement is issued by the Tennessee Charter School Center, in response to the financial allegations made against Knowledge Academies in Nashville, TN:
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--- This statement is issued by The Tennessee Charter School Center Team in response to Governor Bill Lee’s State of the State on March 4, 2019.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--- Governor-elect Bill Lee announced the appointment of Penny Schwinn to lead the Tennessee Department of Education.
Nashville, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement awarded the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools a $2.4 million grant over three years to establish the Charter School Facilities Center (CSFC), the first-ever entity solely dedicated to helping public charter schools access better and more affordable facilities and facility financing. TCSC is a partner in the effort and will support local capacity building through technical assistance for charter support organizations nationally.
Nashville Tenn.– The Tennessee Department of Education recently released their annual District and School Accountability results to include this year’s distinguished list of State Reward Schools. Among the 2018 list, the following 10 public charter schools have been designated as State Reward Schools
The following statement is issued by Sheleah Harris, Director of Advocacy, Tennessee Charter School Center, in response to the Shelby County School Board’s charter application review process and approval decisions:
Nashville, Tenn. – During the inaugural Tennessee Charter Schools Conference, the Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) recognized five distinguished education leaders and organizations that are catalysts in the classroom and within their communities.
Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee is joining states across the country in celebrating National Charter Schools Week, May 7-11, and also seizing the opportunity to commemorate 15 years since the state opened its doors to public charter schools.
The following statement is issued by Maya Bugg, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC), in advance of the 2018 gubernatorial candidate forum on education...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) and the Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) announced they have received an $8 million award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program to expand high quality educational opportunities in Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Education released their annual Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) results, which measures the impact schools and teachers have on their students' academic growth and progress year over year. Among the results, Metro Nashville public charter middle and high schools stood out with 17 out of 21 receiving a Level 5 composite growth score – the highest growth score possible.
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...
The Tennessee Charter School Center applauds the Shelby County School Board of Education for adopting the District/Charter Compact for Quality Schools, a collaborative agreement among local education leaders to improve the quality of education across the Shelby County Schools system.
This Year’s Conference Is Not One to Miss! The National Charter Schools Conference, to be held in Nashville June 26th – June 29th.
A new report from the Tennessee Charter School Center shows Tennessee’s public charter school sector is strong and growing– in number, quality, the diversity of academic offerings, and in student enrollment and impact.
Each year, Tennessee’s State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) awards the SCORE Prize to the schools and school districts in Tennessee that are leaders in student learning. The Tennessee Charter School Center is proud to spotlight two charter school recipients of the 5th annual SCORE Prize, New Vision Academy and The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS).
“We applaud today’s decision by the State Board of Education to approve the appeals and to move forward in opening two new KIPP public charter schools in Nashville..."
Together with the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Charter School Center has released a new report titled Special Education in Tennessee Charter Schools. This report was created by members of a task force called together by the Tennessee Charter School Center and comprised of representatives from charter schools, school districts, the Tennessee Department of Education, and local governments across the state.
The Tennessee Charter School Center announced today that Maya Bugg, an experienced education leader in the state, will soon join the Center as its new Chief Executive Officer.