Only one applicant meets Memphis board’s new policy for opening charter schools

September 19, 2019 | Chalkbeat Tennessee

Just one of 11 charter school applications were approved Tuesday night by the Shelby County Schools board — the lowest number since the privately managed schools began opening in Memphis in 2003.

The school board approved the opening of Memphis School of Excellence Elementary in Cordova next fall, which would be the third school in the Read Foundation’s network, based in Memphis.

The vote came after reviews of the first round of applications led the district to ask all applicants to amend their proposals. Under state law, the denied operators have 10 days to appeal to the state Board of Education. At least two applicants said they plan to appeal.

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