Who will run schools exiting Tennessee’s turnaround district?

October 9, 2019 | Chalkbeat Tennessee

For the first time, three schools in Tennessee’s turnaround district have shown enough improvement to be eligible to leave next school year.

But because schools have never exited the eight-year-old district for a return to local control, no one is exactly sure how that should happen — not even state officials or lawmakers.

The Memphis schools, Cornerstone Prep Denver Elementary School, Cornerstone Lester Prep, and Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary School, were taken over by the state between 2013-2015, and over the last three years have been rated highly by the state for student growth, even while their achievement scores have remained low. If the three schools continue to have success, they could be eligible to leave during the 2020-21 school year, state officials said.

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