NASHVILLE, Tenn. - City leaders said Monday that "more needs to be done" when it comes to improving the education students at Metro Public Schools receive.
"The unfortunate reality is that there are thousands of children in our schools who are not getting the tools they need to be successful," said Mayor Karl Dean on Monday morning.
In their annual report card, Chamber of Commerce members released data showing only 40-percent of 3rd through 8th graders are proficient in reading and it's even worse when it comes to math.
"The time for bold aggressive action is now," the Mayor added.
This year, Tennessee ranked 49th in the entire country when it came to ACT scores, tests which determine whether or not a high school student is ready for college. Mayor Dean and the Chamber also asked city and state leaders to look at charter schools as a solution to the problem and not necessary a new problem.
"It's important to strategically incorporate charter schools into the overall plan for public education in Davidson county," said Co-chair Ron Corbin.
School officials also said they may consider restructuring the central office to reduce bureaucracy for principals.