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Former Memphis mayor's push for Nashville charter school denied

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Herenton wanted to open a charter school in Nashville for students in juvenile court custody. Herenton wanted to open a charter school in Nashville for students in juvenile court custody.
Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's push for a Nashville charter school was put to an end recently. Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's push for a Nashville charter school was put to an end recently.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's push for a Nashville charter school was put to an end recently.

Herenton said if Nashville does not want a charter school to help juvenile offenders then that is fine with him. Herenton wanted to open a charter school in Nashville to do just that, but he said it appears Nashville does not want to play.

"I think they were looking for all kinds of ways to deny us," he said.

Herenton wanted to open a charter school in Nashville for students in juvenile court custody.

The Nashville metro public schools recommended denying Herenton's application for the Thurgood Marshall School of Career development.

"We couldn't find an established need, and the application didn't give us a lot of confidence the school would be successful," said Carol Swann, the head of the Nashville metro charter school application process.

She said it is not clear that Nashville even needs a charter school for juveniles in trouble. She said the proposed Thurgood Marshall school called for 200 students. Nashville only has 15 to 20 in its already existing transitional school.

Herenton said some citizens from Nashville asked him and his team to propose the charter school.

The Shelby County schools unified board approved a similar charter school for at-risk students that is scheduled to open at Northside High School in the fall.

"When we open this one in Memphis this will be the first and only one, and we felt Nashville would welcome this type of program but they didn't and we're fine," said Herenton.

Herenton can address Nashville's problems with his application. But he said it is pretty clear they are not interested and he is bowing out.

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