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Metro schools recruiting students door-to-door

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --  Nashville Metro school officials have launched a campaign to compete with charter schools in recruiting students.

The Tennessean reports that part of the initiative involves school administrators, teachers and parents doing door-to-door canvassing on weekends, a campaign-style strategy long ago adopted by the charter sector.

And Metro recently added a new central office administrator whose job is to find ways for faculty to recruit students.

One school on the radar of Metro Schools Director Jesse Register is Jere Baxter, which has 408 students and is operating at only 53 percent of its building's capacity.

It's part of Register's turnaround plan for East Nashville that could include closing some schools, turning others over to charters and creating a new "choice zone" to let parents pick their children's schools.