by Lydia X. McCoy
While Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has upheld a decision to close the Tennessee Virtual Academy at the end of the year unless its scores continue to improve,
school officials are still fighting for it.
Josh Williams, the school’s principal, said the Virtual Academy is one of the fastest improving schools in the Tennessee, noting the school met five of the six goals mandated by the state and saw its student growth data increase by more than 20 percentage points.
“Compared across the state, there aren’t very many public schools that did what we did,” Williams said on Monday during a meeting with News Sentinel’s editorial board.
“We’re asking why would you want to close … a very fast improving school?”