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Democratic Leader Voices Concern Over State’s Unprecedented Funding Cut for Nashville Schools
Earlier today Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education, Kevin Huffman, announced the state would be arbitrarily withholding $3.4 million from Nashville’s schools and 80,000 students as political retribution for the Metro School Board disagreeing with the Republican administration over a charter school application.
It’s political gamesmanship at its worst because it comes at the expense of our children’s education.
Statement from Representative Mike Turner (D-Old Hickory):
“I am very concerned by the Tennessee Department of Education and their actions against Metro Nashville Public Schools. Each school board knows the best way to handle their students. In a vote of 5-4 the Metro Nashville Public School board denied Great Hearts Academy an ability to set up a charter school and I stand by their decision. If the state decides to step in and overrule a local school board’s decision, then the state should be prepared to pick up the cost of funding that local school.”
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