Williamson School Board Reviewing Charter School Proposals

After the initial refusal by the WCS Committee, the Founders Classical Academy has submitted an updated application.
The school board will meet in July to review and vote on the committee’s recommendations.
The board of directors of the founder’s Classical Academy now includes former leaders of the USA Classical Academy who withdrew their applications earlier this year.
Over 300 families have shown an interest in USA Classics, many of whom now want to attend the founders.
Applications from the Founders Classic Academy of the K-8 Charter School will return to the Williamson County School Board of Education next month for review and voting.

After being rejected earlier this year, the school wants to appeal to the county again, with the support and leadership of the new community, and feedback from the district’s review of the first application.

The founder and the USA Classical Academy applied for operations in Williamson earlier this year. Applications submitted at the same time, despite being nearly identical in curriculum provision, are not known to each other.

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The USA Classic Academy finally submits for a “strategic alliance” formed as part of Tennessee’s promotion of “opening dozens of charter schools in the coming years” with the support of Hillsdale University. Withdrawn.

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“Based on this reality, the road to approval to open in the 2023-24 school year, which was always expected to be a challenge, is for educational institutions and related government officials,” he said.

The first application for the Founders Classic Academy was rejected by the Commission in April.

“The general feedback is that the plan lacks details and some sections or attachments are left completely blank,” said a committee member and deputy director of Williamson County School. One Lee Webb said.

Since then, former USA Classic Academy board members Mitch Emoff and Kathy Chapman have joined the founder’s board, with the support of Del Rey Education Inc. and Responsive Ed, a charter school management organization. We have gathered the power to appeal to the district.
Although USA Classic planned to use the framework and training provided by Hillsdale. I didn’t use the school’s charter management organization.

“We have found that the lack of educational expertise within the board is not really suitable for promoting this school,” Emov said in an interview this month.

Another classic school that submitted the application at the same time was a “disguise blessing” to the USA Classics team.

“I was crazy when I thought we wouldn’t be able to offer it, and I saw the Founders Classic Academy could refine it because it has a different model. When, it’s a new hope, “Emov said. “Unlike a group of local volunteers like us, the education component is built into the organization that runs it.

“They are backed by Responsive Ed …. it made me very excited about my parents’ outlook.”
The founder said in a news release that more than 300 families shared an interest in USA Classics. According to Emov, many of these families have promised to attend the founders if approved.

At a meeting on February 21, 2022, Kimberly Calcote raised concerns about the
The committee is currently considering a new application for the founder.

The school board will be reconvened for a special meeting in July, and the committee will review and vote on the committee’s recommendations. If rejected again, the Founders’ Committee may appeal to the Tennessee Charter Schools Committee.

Mr Emov said the district wanted to move to support the charter school, and like him, the district wanted local oversight.

“We can rather have close oversight and may also have opportunities for partnerships such as sharing bus services, food services and special needs services,” he said. “All of this is what we want to pay a fair share and work with them.”

According to state law, if the committee approves the charter school after the board’s refusal, the district will say, “The local school board is the approver of the public charter school and LEA.”

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However, at schools in Williamson County, the school board promised to abandon the school’s governance approved by the school and resolved at a June meeting to formally add a new clause to charter school policy. did.

“If the charter school is approved by the Commission, it shall remain under the supervision of the Commission,” it read. “The Board of Directors shall not exercise the legal option to become an approver of such a Charter.”

Anika Exum is a reporter covering the USA TODAY Network — Williamson County, Tennessee, which is part of Tennessee. Contact her at aexum @ tennessean.com, 615-347-7313 or Twitter @aniexum.

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