A standing-room-only crowd of 150-plus parents gathered last night at the Cohn Adult Learning Center to learn about a new charter school that could open in Nashville.
The City Paper's Joey Garrison has the details:
Representatives of Great Hearts Academies, a charter network that manages 12 publicly financed, privately operated charters in Arizona, delivered a 45-minute presentation Wednesday at the Cohn Adult Learning Center detailing the liberal arts, classical curriculum of schools that apparently have long wait lists in Arizona. Great Hearts schools, which produce an impressive average ACT scores of 27.9, rely on the Socratic Seminar approach to facilitate dialogue and debate.
“We’re producing lawyers, philosophers, scholars,” Dan Scoggin, the founding CEO of Great Hearts, told onlookers.
Great Hearts will hold another informational meeting tonight at 6:30 at the Martin Professional Development Center, where Mayor Karl Dean is expected to show up and plug the West Nashville effort. As Garrison notes, in the interest of disclosure:
Nashville’s Great Hearts momentum enjoys help from some influential Nashvillians led by Bill DeLoache, a local investor and trustee of the Joe. C. Davis Foundation. DeLoache is the cousin of Anne Davis, the mayor’s wife. DeLoache has received assistance from Townes Duncan, managing partner of Solidus Company, who serves on the board of KIPP Academy, a Nashville charter. Duncan is also chairman of the board of directors for SouthComm, the parent company of The City Paper [and the Nashville Scene].