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