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Smithson Craighead Middle School faces closure

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A charter school in Nashville faces closure due to poor test scores.

The Metro Nashville school board on Tuesday will consider closing Smithson Craighead Academy Middle School.

The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis reports that five Tennessee charter schools had test scores in the bottom 5% this year for the first time in the state's 10-year charter school history. That includes three Memphis schools and one each in Nashville and Chattanooga.

The decision to close the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Memphis Consortium of Business and Law and Memphis School of Excellence is up to the unified Memphis and Shelby County school board.

Chris Barbic, superintendent of the Achievement School District, says he is talking to the unified school district about taking action on the Memphis schools.

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