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, board chairwoman Sharon Gentry, vice chairwoman Anna Shepherd and newly elected East Nashville board member Christianne Buggs to say that the board should intervene on the matter.
Pinkston was responding to a story in The Tennessean on Sunday that unveiled plans for MDHA to build a new elementary school building for Explore! Community School. The new building will be located next door to Kirkpatrick Elementary School, which is being converted into a charter school by KIPP. …
“This situation is Exhibit A in the lack of coordinated planning that has led to what can be described, at best, as a chaotic education landscape in East Nashville,” Pinkston said.
Chaotic is the word for it.
The Metro Nashville school board is scheduled to hold its next meeting on November 22, 2016.