Haslam names charter school operator to run Tennessee failing schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has named Texas charter school operator Chris Barbic to head Tennessee's special school district for failing schools.

The Republican governor on Tuesday announced 40-year-old Barbic will be the superintendent of the new Achievement School District that will take over five schools this fall. The administration plans to grow the special statewide district in future years.

The initial five schools are Frayser, Hamilton and Northside high schools and Raleigh Egypt Middle School in Memphis, and the Howard School of Academics and Technology in Chattanooga.

Barbic founded Houston-based YES Prep Public Schools in 1998. It now serves 4,200 students, and 100 percent of seniors in the system's graduating classes have been accepted to four-year colleges.

Barbic, like Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, joined Teach for America after graduating from college.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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