Shelby County School board takes action on charter schools


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – The Shelby County School Board took action Tuesday night on the future growth of dozen schools.

Some changes may could mean some students would have to go to another school. School board members were faced with the same hard decisions as they try to correct practices of a prior administration when it comes to how charter schools have been allowed to run.

This issue at hand: charter schools looking to expand enrollment when academic performance has been below par or contractual terms were violated.

SCS board members were presented recommendations from Superintendent Joris Ray and his administration of what should happen with enrollment for 13 charter schools within the district. All the charters wanted to either increase enrollment or add grade levels, but not all meet the state’s success score of 3.0.

Of those 13, five were immediately approved for their expansion requests based on high performance. At least three of the charters originally recommended by the administration for denial were granted approval based on some technicality. Many because the board felt any breach of contract, such as operating over contracted student limits or with more grades was the fault of the prior administration.

What board members didn’t want to do was disrupt students’ schooling or split up families while righting any prior wrongs in dealing with schools.

Schools that are denied modification must comply with their charter application by the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Schools that fail to comply by the start of the school year will be recommended to have its charter revoked.

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