Building on its plan to single-handedly double the number of low-income college-ready graduates in Nashville, LEAD commits to lead the effort to triple the number of low-income college-ready graduates in Nashville by 2020. LEAD will meet its commitment by individually committing to starting and operating five public charter schools that will, at full growth, graduate 500 low-income college-ready students by 2020. To engage more school-based partners in meeting its commitment, LEAD will leverage its existing partnerships with the local school district, local public and public charter schools, and the state's newly launched Achievement School District to support other public schools and organizations to triple the number of low-income college-ready graduates. To build community support, LEAD commits to leading outreach efforts to local and national philanthropists and businesses to increase investments to support its commitment. To increase collaboration amongst organizations providing support for low-income students, LEAD commits to developing partnerships with area non-profits and support organizations. To train and develop more teachers and staff who have the skills, training, and capacity to dramatically increase the number of low-income students who graduate college-ready, LEAD commits to training and partnering with educators and institutions of higher education.
As part of its commitment, LEAD individually commits to raising $12 million to grow its new schools and develop its Network Support Team that will provide direct support to LEAD's schools as well as its commitment partners. Additionally, LEAD commits to support its commitment partners in raising an additional $3 million in new funds that will be used to fulfill this commitment. Additionally, LEAD commits to creating 350 new staff positions in Nashville, TN, to staff its schools and support its commitment.
LEAD Public Schools commits to the following action steps:
In July 2012, the third LEAD public charter school will open. At the CGI Annual Meeting in September 2012, LEAD will announce the commitment and the $6.5 million in funds raised to date.
Shortly thereafter, LEAD will hire at least two Resident School Directors who will complete one year of training at existing school to prepare for new school opening and it will also initiate outreach to potential commitment partners to detail the action plan and build support. The objective is to secure at least five new partners and have them provide detailed commitment goals.
In November and December 2012, LEAD will host its first commitment meeting with all partners to kick-off the commitment. Before the end of 2012, LEAD will announce the locations of next two LEAD schools
By May 2013, LEAD will secure at least five additional partners and have this group provide detailed commitment goals, as well. Over the Summer 2012, LEAD will open two new LEAD public schools.
In Fall 2012, LEAD will hire Resident School Director who will complete one year of training at existing LEAD school to prepare for new school opening and secure an additional five new partners with detailed commitment goals. Further, LEAD will host the Second Annual Commitment meeting with all partners and report on commitment progress.
Finally, the sixth LEAD school will be announced in December 2013 and the first class of low-income graduates from LEAD Academy will take place in May 2014.
Today, based on historical trends, less than ten percent of ninth graders who qualify for free or reduced priced lunch in Nashville, TN, will graduate from high school ready for college, as measured by scoring a 21 or above on the ACT. In real terms, this translates to fewer than 340 low-income students annually. Undoubtedly, these cruel statistics result in more than just lost individual potential-the serious and unmistakable consequences for our city include hundreds of millions of dollars annually lost in human capital, political participation, personal income, and tax revenue in addition to the resulting increases in demand for social services, crime rates, and health care costs.
Beginning with the opening of its first public charter school in 2007, LEAD remains committed to doing 'Whatever it Takes' to reversing the trend of low-income students being more likely to drop out of high school than graduate prepared for college by operating public charter schools that will graduate 100% of its students and send them to a four-year college. Partnering with the local school system, local and national philanthropists, and parents, students, and communities, LEAD has launched an aggressive plan to grow its existing schools and open three additional public charter schools in Nashville, TN. At full-growth, LEAD will annually serve over 4,700 students in Nashville, graduating 500 college-ready low-income students every year, which will nearly double the number of college-ready low-income Nashville high school graduates.
2013: Seeking partners/resources
Efforts to improve educational outcomes are rarely successful if just focused on what happens in the classroom or at the school. Family, neighborhood, and community conditions and challenges play a large and complicated role in affecting student success. LEAD Public Schools is seeking partners who are interested in developing innovative partnerships that can support our students and their family's health, safety, social-emotional development, financial literacy, and job opportunities
LEAD Public Schools is seeking financial investments, media support, and human capital training and development partnerships.