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Segregation fear sinks Tennessee charter school

from The Wall Street Journal

Nashville, Tenn., school officials have rejected a proposal to open a charter school in a middle-class part of the city, highlighting a broader national battle over efforts by operators of such publicly financed, privately run schools to expand into more affluent areas. The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools board voted 7-2 recently to reject an application by Great Hearts Academies, a nonprofit that operates prep-school-like charter schools, for five new establishments. The board denied the application because members worried that low-income parents wouldn't be able to easily transport their children across town to a school on the west side, meaning the plan could effectively cause "segregated schools," said Olivia Brown, spokeswoman for the district. more


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