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LEAD Public Schools Will Take Over Low Performing School

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by Audrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Charter schools will be at the forefront of transforming the state's lowest performing schools. Wednesday, LEAD Public Schools was chosen to take over another Metro Nashville public school.

At Cameron Middle School, just by the library on the second floor a new school emerges.That's where you can find the newly created Cameron College Prep.

"Every child that enters our doors, we believe they can get to college," Principal Enod Katz explained of the high expectation. "We find a way to get them there. We find out where they are at and we make kind of a step by step process to get them where they need to be."

College memorabilia lines the hallway to reinforce that message. Founder Jeremy Kane admits, it's a bold move that he believes can be achieved.

"What we're doing is that we're going to put every kid in a position to have the credits they need to graduate and acceptance to a four year college.

The high expectations at LEAD's charter schools set them apart and are partially what they attribute to their success. At Cameron College Prep the students wear uniforms, go to school until 5 o'clock three days a week and have a longer school year.

"What we try to do in building our model, structuring our school day, the curriculum, everything goes around protecting that moment between a teacher and a student or a group of students so that magic can happen," Kane explained.

In LEAD's first year at Cameron, identified as a low performing school, there are already signs of improvement.

"We've seen some tremendous success. A lot of turn around's with a lot of different students, which has been great," Katz said.

For the first time in the state, a charter school is taking over a traditional public school.

LEAD has taken over the fifth graders at Cameron and will add another grade level every year.

It's a model the State now hopes to replicate other low performing public schools.

True to its name, LEAD Public Schools is at forefront at turning schools around. They start on the simple belief that every child deserves a chance.

A decision will be made in January about what school LEAD will take over. In the meantime Kane will be in talks with MNPS, the state and the community about what low performing school would be the best fit.

email: acline-thomas@newschannel5.com

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