ASD News


Looking Ahead to a New Authorization Cycle

We believe that every child in Tennessee deserves a seat at an excellent school. We also believe that the key to creating great schools for all children is to engage charter partners, skilled in turnaround work and focused on supporting and engaging neighborhoods and communities. Our role as a district and authorizer, therefore, is to identify needs across the state, put “out the bat signal” to signal to potential partners about that need, rigorously vet potential operators, and hold schools accountable through performance contracts.


7 New Schools to Join ASD in '15-'16

Seven New Schools to Join the ASD Next School Year

Following a school matching process to carefully weigh data and listen to parents, the ASD decided today to add one new school in Nashville and six in Memphis, bringing the total number of ASD schools in 2015-16 to 30, serving nearly 10,000 total students.  “If you had a chance to visit our schools and see firsthand the great, hard work being done by our charter operators—and the positive impact this work is having on our kids—you would understand why I’m so excited to welcome the families of these seven schools to the ASD,” said superintendent Chris Barbic.


AAC Recommendations

Achievement Advisory Council Makes Recommendations for 2015-16

The Achievement Advisory Council (AAC), a volunteer group of 24 community leaders from all across Memphis, presented their recommendations on which ASD-eligible Priority schools should be matched with ASD-authorized public charter operators for the 2015-16 school year.


Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 22-Jan. 5–Winter Break (classes resume Jan. 6)
  • Jan. 19–Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

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The ASD is student focused and people powered. We’re looking for humble people with true passion and grit for this kind of work. We are ready to do whatever it takes to put our students on an expanded life path. Together, we are creating the best place to work in Tennessee – where no day is a bad day and every day we achieve.

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