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MNPS official discusses new innovation cluster

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With 55 of Nashville's public schools listed as "failing" under No Child Left Behind, district leaders are promising big changes.

Thursday, we heard from the man who is now in charge of tasked with turning around 10 of the most-troubled schools.

Alan Coverstone, a former school board member and current Metro charter school chief, is set to oversee the newly-created "innovation cluster." Those ten schools will get special, unique attention from Coverstone and consulting firm Tribal Group.

"It's a big undertaking. We have a system that's essentially unfair. It's a system that gives greater opportunities to some kids than others, and we want to invert the pyramid," he said.

The turnaround strategy will start with an in-depth meeting with each principal. Coverstone says there's no one model that will be used in each school. The team will study data, talk with teachers and get rid of things that aren't working plus expand things that are.

He says parents will notice a difference.

"The students will be more engaged in their class work. The teachers will be more accessible and interactive with the students, and the students will enjoy learning. Until we get that, we won't have changed the building," he said.

District leaders are confident the innovation cluster will make a big difference, and they plan to keep it operating until all Metro Schools are in good standing.

The following schools are included in the MNPS innovation cluster:

Napier Elementary School
Bailey Middle School
Margaret Allen Middle School
Antioch Middle School
Wright Middle School
Apollo Middle School
Jere Baxter Middle School
Cameron Middle School
Whites Creek High School
Glencliff High School

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