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“We believe we are offering an outstanding college preparatory education for every child,” Friedman said. “It’s been absolutely exhilarating to see families light up when they hear about what we’re promising and also what we’re going to ask of their child.”

Originally from New York, Friedman was previously a teacher and program director for Teach for America as well as a seventh-grade teacher in Philadelphia.

Two Metro Charter Schools Approved

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Of the ten organizations that submitted proposals to become charter schools in Metro Nashville, only two were approved by the Metro Nashville Public Schools board.

In a meeting held Tuesday evening, the Metro School board voted to deny applications to Excel Academy, Fusion Connection, Antioch Prep, Gifted Achieves, Great Hearts Academies, Genesis Transitions, Purpose Prep Academy, and KIPP Academy Nashville.

MNPS director Dr. Jesse Register said he was caught off guard by the board’s denial of Kipp Academy’s plan to expand.

“I was surprised at the recommendation. I think Mr. North raised questions about performance and we’ll see how quickly the test scores come back,” Dr. Register said after the meeting.