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From the Great Hearts leadership team:
"Our charter application has been before the MNPS board four times. The MNPS Board’s own charter review committee found that Great Hearts satisfied every single MNPS approval criteria and it unanimously recommended that the School Board approve Great Hearts. The school board has known for months that Great Heart’s diversity and transportation plans for Nashville exceed what MNPS requires of its own open enrollment schools. Despite this, multiple school board members and MNPS officials have repeatedly made untrue statements about Great Hearts’ program, mission, charter application, and diversity plans for Nashville. The school board and senior MNPS officials could not be more clear that they oppose Tennessee’s open enrollment charter law and will do anything to block it and Great Hearts, even to the point of disregarding facts and willfully violating state laws. It is evident at this point that, with this hostile board as the charter authorizer, a successful school opening would be impossible for Great Hearts even if we were able to obtain a charter. Great Hearts may decide to apply for a charter in the future when Tennessee’s laws and charter approval process more effectively provide for open enrollment, broad service to the community and impartial authorizers. We are grateful to the numerous Nashville families, public school advocates and state and local officials for asking us to come to Nashville and for their tremendous support. Once conditions improve, we are hopeful that all Nashville parents will have the option of choosing Great Hearts as another academically rigorous public school option for their children. “The Nashville School board rejected Great Hearts’ application in violation of state law. We are hopeful that the State will take action so that, in the future, Great Hearts can reapply to a different, impartial charter authorizer.”
Wednesday, September 12 2012, 10:34 PM CDT
Bonnaroo and then what? More events could follow
May 20, 2013 12:33 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- The former farm where the Bonnaroo music festival is held may play host to other events as well.
The partnership that puts on the annual music and arts festival in Manchester has steadily upgraded the site, adding a dozen water wells and permanent electrical power.
Festival partner Rick Farman told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14nuEF5 ) his group is in active discussion with a lot of groups. The Great American Mud Run will be held at the site on July 27 and is expected to draw more than 5,000 participants.
Coffee County Mayor David Pennington said he's curious to see where such a plan could go, saying it could have a huge impact.
This year's Bonnaroo will be held June 13-16. Paul McCartney heads a long list if acts.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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