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Teachers Go Door-Knocking In Nashville

“My name is LaTonya White. I’m the principal at Rosebank Elementary School. How are you doing?” she asks, glancing at the clipboard in her hands. On it: a list of families in the area with soon-to-be kindergartners. “Yes, you should have a child ready to come to school soon.”

Canvassing for potential students — and honing this kind of front porch pitch — is standard for charter schools. But, for traditional public school leaders like White, it’s unfamiliar territory. Still, it may quickly become an expectation as urban districts around the country grapple with destabilization related — at least in part — to the growth of charter schools.