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Great Hearts Ready For Legislative Battle

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A spokesperson for Great Hearts Academies said they are prepared to continue to fight for a charter school in Nashville.

Great Hearts was denied a charter school application by the Metro School Board in September 2012, despite the State Board of Education's ruling that denial of the application would be in violation of state law. Opponents of the charter school said its proposal lacked a plan for promoting diversity.

Lobbyist for the charter school told the TNReport this week that they plan to be present for the 2013 legislative session.

"The Nashville board's disregard of the truth and repeated defiance of state law illustrates why an impartial Tennessee charter school authority is needed," Great Hearts attorney Ross Booher said in an interview with TNReport. "Since the governor and legislature gave all children the freedom to attend public charter schools, the board apparently now fears that many more parents and children will choose public schools that the board does not completely control."

Leaders with Great Hearts said they still hope to open a charter school in the Nashville area and plan to reapply.

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