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Within the ASD, enrollment at several of the 27 schools has lagged, and YES Prep Public Schools, a nationally ranked charter operator based in Houston, abruptly abandoned its efforts to expand in Memphis after its leaders said they wouldn't be able to meet enrollment projections.
Academically, the district's charter operators in Memphis have struggled to cope with the city's entrenched poverty and the abnormally high mobility rate of its student body. Leaders have also struggled to hire and retain quality and experienced teachers. Its superintendent, Chris Barbic, resigned this month.
Tennessee's Achievement School District shouldn't be allowed to expand because it isn't making significant progress with the schools it oversees, Rep. Brenda Gilmore, chairwoman of the Black Caucus of State Legislators, said Monday.
"The Tennessee Black Caucus stands in unity today, with the Democratic Caucus, asking that the ASD delay any further expansions until better results can be shown and substantiated," Gilmore said. "The ASD should go back to its original goal and refocus on intense intervention at a small number of schools."
The ASD, a state district authorized to take over the bottom 5 percent of low-performing schools, has recently seen backlash in Memphis after it announced a takeover Dec. 11 of four more schools in the city. The ASD oversees 29 schools, with 27 in Memphis and two in Nashville.
The community backlash caused Shelby County Schools to pass a resolution that includes a moratorium on the ASD's takeover of any more schools "until they show consistent progress in improving student academic achievement."
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