State Board of Ed Kills Proposed Knox Charter School

The Tennessee Board of Education dealt the death blow Thursday to efforts to open a charter school in Knox County this year, reports the News Sentinel. Proponents said they’ll regroup for 2013.
“We will definitely be reapplying next year,” said Tommie Henderson, executive director of SMART Schools, the nonprofit that sponsored the effort.
The board voted unanimously in Nashville to deny a charter school application for the proposed New Consortium of Law and Business. The school would have served grades six through 12 with an emphasis on legal and business skills.
The Knox County school board had already denied the application twice, but the organization appealed that decision to the state level. Gary Nixon, the state board’s executive director, had given the appeal a thumbs-down in a written evaluation.
The board then voted on Thursday to deny the application. Nixon cited “a lack of development of the vision for the school and a lack of coherence with the overall education plan. This was evidenced by a lack of data focusing on the specific intended population of students to be served as well as a lack of definition as to the student population of the communities to be served.”

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