NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An annual report on Metro Charter schools was released Wednesday night during a special meeting and reception.
The Tennessee Charter School Incubator released its complete report on the status of Charter schools in Nashville. As in past years, the study showed that both Nashville Prep and Liberty Collegiate outperformed other schools in the Metro.
"They have high expectations of students. They hold kids accountable to those expectations and they do whatever it takes to help them meet them," said Rebecca Lieberman who works for the Tennessee Charter School Incubator.
The Metro School board has been in a difficult position with Charter schools since their denial to approve Great Hearts Academy's move to West Nashville.
But officials from the TCSI said that shouldn't prevent the city from moving forward with other new charter schools.
"When we see Nashville Prep and we see Liberty Collegiate getting results for kids it is inspiring and it is frustrating because it's happening. So why can't it happen more broadly?" she added.
Metro Nashville Public schools plans on opening three new charter schools next year that will serve some 1,000 students.
"I don't think necessarily ever school needs to be a charter school but certainly we need more," said Mayor Dean who was also at the event.
Wednesday's meeting also honored founding board members of Nashville Prep, Liberty Collegiate Academy, Intrepid College Prep, Nashville Classical and Purpose Preparatory Academy.