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"Very interested parent in the charter school," says Connie Collier. "I think every child learns at a different rate, their own pace, and this is something where parents can be more involved."
Schools in Springfield have high populations of low income and Hispanic students, and have posted years of low or failing test scores. County schools have performed better. The divide prompted a federal lawsuit by City Alderman James Hubbard.
"It was getting publicity, people saying don't move to Springfield because the school system is bad," says Hubbard. "That was the straw that broke the camel's back for me."
Charter schools use public money but operate independently, often targeting failing students. Starting one is complex and requires community support, but many produce dramatic results.
"Our charter schools have focused on students academically struggling and when you measure academic growth, we have some of the most rapidly growing public schools in Nashville and in the state, so they do well with those student populations," says the Tennessee Charter Schools Association's Matt Throckmorton.
Springfield is still a long way form getting a charter school, but parents are at least interested.
"There's always different ways to do things and if this is an option that might help some families and children to catch up and get a better education, we at least need to learn about it and do our research," says Kathy Gunn.
This was just an informational meeting tonight, but a lot of parents joined the mailing list to learn more. Because of the deadlines required to start a charter school, officials say the earliest one could open here would likely be August of 2015.
Thursday, January 24 2013, 11:02 PM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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