Dean, Charter Incubator announce recruitment of charter school leader

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 4:47pm
Staff reports

Mayor Karl Dean and the Tennessee Charter School Incubator announced Wednesday the recruitment of national charter school leader Todd Dickson to lead Nashville’s network of charter schools in 2014.

Starting in July, the Incubator will host Dickson as its senior fellow for two years while he finalizes his plans to create a charter management organization of eight to 10 college-preparatory public charter schools in Nashville. Dickson intends to submit a charter application to Metro Nashville Public Schools to open at least one school in 2014.

Dean helped launch the Tennessee Charter School Incubator in 2009, aimed at recruiting high-quality charter operators to Nashville and Tennessee. The Incubator will support Dickson, current executive director of Summit Preparatory Charter High School in California, as he develops plans for his charter management organization.

As the first statewide charter school incubator in the country, the organization was launched with one purpose: to close the education achievement gap in Tennessee by supporting the creation of high-quality charter schools in Memphis and Nashville.

The Incubator plans to launch 22 new, high-performing college-preparatory charter schools in Nashville and Memphis by 2015 and to provide support services to existing high-performing charters in these markets.

2 Comments on this post:

By: mm80 on 1/26/12 at 8:33

"As the first statewide charter school incubator in the country, the organization was launched with one purpose: to close the education achievement gap in Tennessee by supporting the creation of high-quality charter schools in Memphis and Nashville."

ENOUGH SAID! Thank you! The education achievement gap has existed for FAR too long in our area and anyone who is willing to take on the challenge of expecting more out of our community, our students, our teachers and our schools is a hero. Mr. Dickson, WELCOME TO NASHVILLE!!!!

By: Interested Citizen on 1/26/12 at 10:50

The first paragraph of this article is somewhat inaccurate. Todd Dickson has been recruited to create a network of charter schools (i.e. a charter management organization), similar to other networks being created by KIPP, LEAD, etc. The article's statement that Todd will "lead Nashville's network of charter schools" implies that he is somehow overseeing Nashville's charter schools generally, which is not correct. He will create first one charter school, and eventually several. This network will provide more high quality educational options in Nashville, just as KIPP, LEAD and others will do through their networks.