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TN schools adapt after 'No Child Left Behind'

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Now that Tennessee is no longer governed by the "No Child Left Behind" law, we're getting our first look at exactly what that means for public schools.

The changes are significant and range from a new way of testing, to a complete overhaul of how your child may be taught.

Brick Church Middle School is going to see a huge change next school year. It will become the second Metro school to be taken over by charter school operator LEAD Public Schools.

It's part of a Metro and state effort to turn around the lowest performing 5 percent of schools.

"I fully believe that in three years, there will be no low performing schools in Davidson County. I think we will not have schools in the bottom 5 percent," said Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools.

And to find out what is going to happen at Brick Church, you only have to look a few miles away at what is happening at Cameron Middle School.

LEAD is in the first year of transforming that school to a charter, by taking it one grade at a time.

Think longer school days and years, but the plan is not to completely wipe out what is working in the school.

"We're very lucky as a city to have a template to work off of. This is happening nowhere else in the country, but here we have a template that we can take to Brick Church and essentially cut and paste," said Jeremy Kane, founder of LEAD Public Schools.

And that is not the only school that will see changes. Six schools will get extra resources in the school district's special innovation zone:

  • Bailey STEM Magnet Middle
  • Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary
  • Gra-Mar Middle
  • John Early Museum Magnet
  • Napier Enhanced Option Elementary
  • Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet

They will work with the British turnaround group Tribal, and the district is looking nationwide for aggressive leaders.

"These are innovation schools, because we fully expect these schools will catapult in a short amount of time to be the very strongest schools in the area," said Alan Coverstone, with Metro Schools.

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