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An overview of the evolution of charter public schools in Tennessee.

An overview of the evolution of charter public schools in Tennessee.

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  • Purpose Section: — Fairness: ( 1) Improve learning for all students and close the achievement gap between high and low students; — Choice: (2) Provide options for parents to meet educational needs of students in low performing schools; — Innovation: (3) Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods, and provide greater decision making authority to schools and teachers in exchange for greater responsibility for student performance; (4) Measure performance of pupils and faculty, and ensure that children have the opportunity to reach proficiency on state academic assessments; (5) Create new professional opportunities for teachers; and (6) Afford parents substantial meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.
  • Purpose Section: — Fairness: ( 1) Improve learning for all students and close the achievement gap between high and low students; — Choice: (2) Provide options for parents to meet educational needs of students in low performing schools; — Innovation: (3) Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods, and provide greater decision making authority to schools and teachers in exchange for greater responsibility for student performance; (4) Measure performance of pupils and faculty, and ensure that children have the opportunity to reach proficiency on state academic assessments; (5) Create new professional opportunities for teachers; and (6) Afford parents substantial meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.

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  • Charter Schools Common Ground Stephanie B. Ogden
  • Responsive Educational Reform
    • John Dewey responds to societal inequities
    • The Reagan Administration responds to global achievement gaps
    • MN responds to AFT founder Al Shanker’s call for local empower-ment, enacting the nation’s first charter school legislation
    • The Bush administration responds to American achievement gaps
    • TN enacts “Tennessee Public Charter Schools Act of 2002”
    Center for Education Reform
  • Background: Tennessee Charter Schools Growth through 2009 Webb, T., December 2008, Tennessee Charter Schools Annual Report to the Tennessee General Assembly as Required in T.C.A. 49-12-120
  • Today: 30 Tennessee Charter Schools approved
    • Memphis: 22 charter schools
    • Nashville: 6 charter schools
    • Chattanooga: 2 charter schools
    • Knoxville: Hometown of TN Charter Schools bill cosponsor, State Sen. Ben Atchley
    22 Tennessee Charter Schools in operation http://www.tncharterschools.org/
  • What Is a “Public Charter School”?
    • A public charter school is…
    • … part of the state program of public education
    • … free of charge
    • … nonsectarian
    • “… an innovative public school that controls its own curriculum, staffing, organization, and budget…
  • What Is a “Public Charter School”?
    • “… In exchange for their autonomy, charter schools must deliver the academic results they have promised in their charter contract.”
    • http://www.tncharterschools.org/index.cfm/pages/page-det/2#what
  • What Is a “Public Charter School”?
    • Charter schools are
    • … authorized by the Local Education Authority (Knox County Schools)
    • … sponsored and operated by a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit foundation
  • Purposes of Tennessee Charter Schools Law
    • Fairness (See purposes 1 & 4)
    The purpose of this chapter is to: (1) Improve learning for all students and close the achievement gap between high and low students; The purpose of this chapter is to: (2) Provide options for parents to meet educational needs of students in low performing schools; The purpose of this chapter is to: (3) Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods, and provide greater decision making authority to schools and teachers in exchange for greater responsibility for student performance; (4) Measure performance of pupils and faculty, and ensure that children have the opportunity to reach proficiency on state academic assessments; (5) Create new professional opportunities for teachers; (6) Afford parents substantial meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.
    • Choice (See purposes 2 & 6)
    • Innovation (See purposes 3 & 5)
  • Who can attend a public charter school?
    • “ Students who, in the previous school year, failed to test proficient in the subjects of language arts/reading or mathematics…
    • “ Free or reduced price lunch students.”
    • http://www.tncharterschools.org/index.cfm/pages/page-det/2#what
    Who can attend a charter school?
    • “ Students who were previously enrolled in a charter school.
    • “ Students who are assigned to, or were previously enrolled in a school failing to make adequate yearly progress (AYP), as defined by the state’s accountability system, giving priority to at-risk students.
  • Profile of TN Charter Schools (Tennessee Charter Schools Annual Report to the TN General Assembly)
  • Profile of TN Charter Schools (Tennessee Charter Schools Annual Report to the TN General Assembly)
  • Profile of TN Charter Schools (Tennessee Charter Schools Annual Report to the TN General Assembly)
  • Profile of TN Charter Schools (Tennessee Charter Schools Annual Report to the TN General Assembly)
  • Matt Throckmorton, Tennessee Charter Schools Association
    • State-level initiatives
    • Local initiatives
    • Questions?