A controversial charter-school operator could soon announce whether it will try again for permission to launch in Nashville. Last week the Metro school board rejected an application from Phoenix-based Great Hearts, prompting calls for an appeal, and criticism from the mayor.
Great Hearts’ application ran into trouble amid questions over location, as well as the racially-charged issue of student transportation. Some had speculated Great Hearts would use public money to teach students from rich families who would otherwise turn to private schools.
Megan Proctor heads the PTA at Maxwell Elementary south of downtown. She says her family was thinking of moving to the suburbs for better schools, but put those plans on hold at the prospect of Great Hearts coming in.
“Our house has been on the market, and we had plans to move to Williamson County – solely for education purposes – and had, since hearing about Great Hearts, decided to take the house off the market and stay, in hopes that it would be the right fit for us.”
Now Proctor says she hopes Great Hearts will appeal Metro’s rejection. Officials haven’t said what they’ll do next, but the deadline for an appeal is next week. Proctor says if nothing changes, she’ll think again about moving across the county line.