A number of questions arise from these emails:
- Why is the Mayor spending $250,000 on BES for two single, young adults (BES Fellows) from outside of Nashville to start charter schools?
- Did any of the $250,000 go to BES for writing charter applications for the Fellows? If the BES Fellows are not writing their applications, does Alan Coverstone or the school board know it?
- The influence of these charter management companies on Metro government is growing. Is the Dean charter school program an attempt to check public unions? Will independent charter schools have a level playing field to compete with the BES charters?
- Were the BES applications given extra time last year? Did the Metro department overseeing the selection process show favoritism to BES?
- How much money does Linda Brown at BES make? Is BES committed to non-profit transparency?
- Why wasn't the charter incubator open to all applicants? Are there no qualified leaders in Nashville?
- How will Metro insure that BES Fellows do not artificially produce higher test scores by getting rid of underperforming students and drilling others?
- Why did Alan Coverstone move to get the BES schools in quickly? How were the local applicants judged against the BES Fellows?