Tennessee’s district for its most struggling schools is at a critical juncture – and state education officials are asking for input.
State Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn will start a listening tour next week intended to get feedback from people in and around schools in the Achievement School District. The first two meetings will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Memphis before traveling to Chattanooga, Jackson, and Nashville (for more information on dates and times, go here).
Schwinn has said that these meetings will be a crucial step as she looks at reshaping the struggling district and the state’s turnaround efforts more broadly. Seven years after its creation, the achievement district’s third leader left last summer; a study found the program has not improved student achievement, and no new schools will join the district this year school year.
But, so far, Schwinn has offered little insight into what any major changes could look like, outside of calling for greater accountability for the charter schools that make up the achievement district. She has told Chalkbeat that the listening tour will be key before making any final decisions.
That’s why we want to hear from you.
Chalkbeat wants to know ahead of next week – what are your thoughts on the future of the district, which is now in its eighth school year? What would you recommend to Schwinn? Fill out the form below, and we’ll aim to publish select responses.