Today was the deadline for organizations to submit letters of intent to open charter schools in Knox County. (The full application is due later this spring). The deadline was supposed to be Friday, but since KCS office were still closed because of the snow, it was extended until today. And unless someone turns something in within 30 minutes, only two groups are trying for a charter, and neither is a surprise.
The first organization is Emerald Charter Schools, an offshoot of the Emerald Youth Foundation, which counts Gov. Bill Haslam and his sister-in-law as board members. The two-page letter doesn't say a whole lot more about the school than we've already reported--we'l have to wait for the full application to find out more.
The second letter of intent comes from the Dream Academy of Knoxville, which has been shot down twice by the Board of Education but is still not giving up hope. Its board includes one KCS employee, Maynard Elementary principal, Raphael Crawford.
You can download and read both letters of intent via the link below.