Per yesterday's Tennessean, State Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman withheld $3.4 million in state funding from the allotment Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) received Monday.
The Department handed down the penalty following the MNPS board's failure to approve a charter school application from applicant Great Hearts Academy. The board had cited the applicant's lack of a "diversity plan" as the reason for their concern.
In a Metro schools statement that expressed disappointment with the reduction, the district questioned how state officials arrived at the dollar amount and its consistency with other state penalties. “Tennessee law does not address penalties in this situation,” the statement reads...
...Moving forward, the board’s Great Hearts critics aren’t ruling out a potential lawsuit against the state following the financial reprimand.
(The online petition referenced in the article, which has been linked at KnoxViews previously, may be accessed here. I was pleased to note that several KV regulars have already signed it, as have I. For whatever help it may be to MNPS, we still can.)
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