A seventh grade reading assignment resulted this week in calls for one of the city’s top-performing schools to close. Twelve-year-olds at Nashville Prep were reading City of Thieves. A parent alerted school board member Amy Frogge about the prevalence of four-letter words and sex scenes. Frogge then asked for the school district’s office overseeing charter schools to step in, telling them that Nashville Prep "needs to be shut down."
“It really isn’t about a book," school founder Ravi Gupta says. "That’s a judgment call. We could debate it out, and we may never use that book again. But it’s about the fact that we went from a choice of a book to shutting down a school in a matter of hours.”