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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Board of Education has overturned a decision by Shelby County Schools to not let a charter school operator open a new school in Memphis.

The decision involved Green Dot Schools and was made last July.

The district cited poor performance of the four schools it currently manages.

The recommendation to overturn came from Executive Director Sara Heyburn who said the rejection was not in the best interest of SCS students.

The following statement was released by SCS after the reversal vote:

“We were surprised to learn today that the State approved the charter application of Green Dot Public Schools. We stand by our Board’s decision to deny Green Dot’s application based on the poor performance of its four local schools. Without proven success in Memphis, we feel this decision sets a difficult precedent and sends a confusing message to parents and the community about the importance of school quality. Though the State now has an opportunity to serve as an authorizer for Green Dot, Shelby County Schools will not be authorizing another Green Dot school for the 2017-18 school year.”

SCS has 30 days to meet with Green Dot representatives and come to an agreement.

Should no agreement be reached, the state would step in