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Hamilton County's newest charter school finds early success — here's why

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Three years ago, Marcia Griffin went door to door in the inner city, meeting with dozens of parents to pitch her idea for a new charter school in Chattanooga. She quibbled with the Hamilton County Board of Education for approval and finally opened her elementary school in the Eastgate Town Center, between a call center and a nightclub.

Now, the Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence has a waiting list. After only a couple of years, its test scores are starting to rival those of the public school system. And the school is looking to expand with the addition of a new middle school campus, either at Eastgate or another location.

The school's rise comes amid a contentious national battle over school choice and the role of charter schools, which advocates say help improve all education through the power of competition.

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