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Rutherford County Board of Education approves one charter school application and rejects another

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Rutherford County School

At a special convocation meeting on July 18, 2022, the Rutherford County Board of Education approved one charter school application and rejected another.

Over the past few weeks, a review team of educators, districts, and community leaders has extensively reviewed charter school applications submitted by American Classic Education in Tennessee and Springs Public Schools. The team also worked with both applicants during the review process to address concerns and deficiencies.

Policy 1.900 stipulates that the Rutherford County Board of Education only approves high quality schools that “comply with the State Board of Education Quality Charter Approval Standards” as outlined in State Board of Education Policy 6.111. doing.

The RCS review team found that the American Classical Education application “meets or exceeds” financial planning and capacity standards, but “parts” the academic planning design and capacity standards, as well as operational planning and capacity standards. I just met the target. ” According to the team’s final report.

For Springs Public Schools, Tennessee, the team’s final report evaluated the review team as “meeting or exceeding” all three criteria.

A full review of both can be found on the school district’s website. here..

“School choice is an important aspect of the RCS portfolio,” said school principal Jimmy Sullivan. “But choosing just for additional options is not in the best interests of our district or students.”

He added: “We have high expectations for all RCS schools and support the recommendations of both the Charter Commission review team. Partnering with Springs to ensure a successful start to increase student and community opportunities. I’m looking forward to that. “

The school board voted against the application for American classical education, casting 6-1 votes, and voted in favor of Springs Public Schools, Tennessee, with 5-2 votes.

The RCS Review Team used the Tennessee Department of Education’s standard scoring criteria and criteria to evaluate each section and subsection of the submitted application. The scoring criteria comply with the standard application format provided by TDOE, as required by law (TCA §49-13-116). Each subsection of the rubric shows the characteristics of a strong reaction that is considered to “meet or exceed the criteria”. Members of the review team scored their responses by applying guidance from the Tennessee Charter School Application Scoring Criteria 2021.

The members of the RCS Charter School review team are:

Wayne Blair, Rutherford County Community Member Representative
Sheria Bratton, Vice Chairman of the Rutherford County Board of Education
Kelly Cha Stain, School Selection / Charter School Coordinator
Linda Dohnal, RCS Special Education Specialist
Principal of Smyrna Middle School Takisha Ferguson
Grayson Maxwell, RCS Communication Specialist
Cherri McCrary, RCS Educational Technology Specialist
Elizabeth Davis, RCS Learning Loss Coordinator