Nashville's enthusiasm for charter schools attracts visionaries

Ravi Gupta earned a Yale Law School degree, ran some of President Barack Obama’s campaign offices and spent a year as a top aide to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. At 27, he was easily qualified for a career in politics.

But what did he want to do? Start a charter school.

He applied for and won an $80,000 fellowship launched by Mayor Karl Dean to open one in Nashville.

“I was open to anywhere, as long as the need was there,” Gupta said. “There is tremendous momentum, support and enthusiasm for charter schools in Nashville.”

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