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Feb 14 8 tweets 4 min read
The Governor has proposed bringing 100 new Michigan charter schools to Tennessee and now wants to remove ALL local control of charter school approvals. So let’s look at how charter schools are really performing in TN, according to the state’s Report Card.
Statewide, only 5 (out over 100 charter schools) had a success rate above 20% in 2019. (Success means the percentage of students who score “on track” or “mastered” on annual state tests.)
In Nashville, only 7 of the city’s charter schools are performing above the district’s average. 19 are underperforming the district. (One charter school was missing data on the state’s Report Card.)
The performance of the state-run ASD is even more dismal. The ASD, which converts neighborhood schools to charters (often through hostile takeover) was created to bring schools performing in the bottom 5% of schools statewide up to the top 25%. Its average success rate is 4.5%.
Tell me again why Tennessee needs more charter schools?? As @TNPublicEd said, “A ‘high-performing’ charter school is really just a very low performing public school.”
It’s all a SCAM. Even so-called “nonprofit” charter schools turn big profits for investors, hedge funders, and venture capitalists through lucrative real estate deals, tax incentives, management companies and more. Follow the money, y’all. Just follow the money. 💰
@EddieMannis @RepMcKenzie @RepDebraMoody @CepickyTn64 @BruceGriffey @vincentdixie54 @TNRepParkinson @RepMarkWhiteTN Please vote NO on HB2833 tomorrow! It won’t help students, but it WILL drain $$ from neighborhood schools. This was proven by 2 independent studies in Nashville.
@SenAkbari @RustyCroweTN @HaileforSenate @joey_senator @BrianKelsey Please consider the above information on charter school performance in TN and vote NO on SB2168 tomorrow!

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Feb 22, 2021
Here are some shocking facts about education funding in Tennessee: 1. TN has chronically underfunded public education. We rank 46th nationally (bottom 5 states) in education spending. We spend less than any of our neighbors, including KY, NC, GA, AL AR, and even MS. 1/
2. According to the states’s own estimates, the BEP (TN’s education funding formula) is underfunded by $1.7 billion per year. If you hear politicians say “the BEP is fully funded,” they’re lying. 2/
3. The BEP, which generates $7400 per student in state funding, is starvation funding. No school district can run on that amount. Local school districts must make up the difference- sometimes funding up to 60% of the costs. 3/
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I’m very disturbed about the possibility of Sharon Contreras for US Sec of Education. After reading tweets about this from @NPEaction leaders, I’d like to share our story from Nashville. @DianeRavitch @carolburris @JoeBiden @DrBiden 1/
Nashville did a superintendent search in 2016. The Nashville Public Education Foundation- very pro-privatization- got involved. We used Jim Huge and Associates as our recruiter, and the search turned out to be a total scam. 2/
Huge brought us a list of very under-qualified superintendent candidates. Only one highly qualified candidate, Dr. Carol Johnson, applied. She is an African-American superintendent who had led three major school systems, including Boston and Memphis. 3/
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