Monday, January 29, 2024

Tennessee commission renews Rocketship Nashville Northeast charter, overrides district

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by Rachel Wegner, The Tennessean, Jan. 29, 2024- The Tennessee Public Charter School Commission voted unanimously Friday to renew the agreement for Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary.

The move overturns a decision by the Metro Nashville Public Schools board to shutter the school at the end of the current school year. Metro voted 8-1 to close the school during a November meeting. The state commission, established under Gov. Bill Lee's administration in 2019, has the authority to reverse the decisions of local districts and can approve or renew charter schools.

The school board's Rocketship denial came despite a recommendation by the charter review committee, made up of MNPS staff and community members, to renew. ... the school is among the top performers in the Maplewood cluster, earning "reward school status" in 2019 — the highest honor the Tennessee Department of Education gives to schools. (read more)

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