Metro Nashville School Board to Discuss Possible Charter Moratorium
As the October 25, 2016, Tennessean reports, it seems that the Metro Nashville school board is considering a moratorium on charter schools.
In August 2016, five of the nine seats on the board were up for re-election; the result was blow to pro-charter candidates hoping to land a seat According to Ballotpedia,only one of the five candidates endorsed by the pro-charter group, Stand for Children, won a seat.
From the October Tennessean:
After years of heated discussions about charter schools, the question is finally on the table: Does the Metro Nashville Public Schools board want a moratorium on charter schools?The query was posed by board member Will Pinkston after he requested to defer a motion on a policy that would require charter school applications to include specifics on proposed school sites. Pinkston said the policy would only touch on what was really on everyone’s mind — a moratorium. …The board is expected to discuss the controversial subject during the next school board meeting. Board member Mary Pierce asked for there to be public comment on the subject before a vote is taken.
Pinkston’s reference to a policy on identifying proposed charter school locations stems from concerns about a charter school attempting to open up next door to an existing charter school, as the August 15, 2016, Tennessean notes:
Nashville school board member Will Pinkston says the board should review plans for the Metro Development and Housing Agency to build a new charter school for the Martha O’Bryan Center.Pinkston on Sunday emailed new Director of Schools Shawn Joseph, boardMetro Nashville School Board to Discuss Possible Charter Moratorium | deutsch29: