by Frank Daniels, Sep 16, 2012, The TennesseanExcellent! I could not agree more. Rod
The rationale of rejection sounds empty to me, smacking more of racial politics than sound educational policy-making. And I wonder why, at a time when innovative solutions should be welcomed warmly, we send the signal, “don’t bother bringing your ideas here — we like the way our schools are performing.”
.....without clear standards to reject the Great Hearts application, and faced with clear instructions from state education leaders that open-enrollment charter schools should be welcomed, a majority of the Metro board chose to vote their feelings and reject the school....
Raising undocumented fears is not responsible leadership at a time when higher academic standards and expectations should be warmly welcomed.(link)