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School Board Member Asks State To Reconsider $3.4M Penalty

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- For the second time a school board member has asked the state not to cut $3.4 million from schools after the fallout over the Metro School Board's rejection of Great Hearts charter application.

On Tuesday, school board chairwoman Cheryl Mayes sent out a letter asking the state and Commissioner Kevin Huffman to reconsider their decision to withhold $3.4 million from Metro School's funding.

The Tennessee Department of Education announced it will withhold $3.4 million in funding from Metro Nashville Public Schools in September for their denial to grant a charter school to Great Hearts Academy. Officials said the decision was a consequence of Metro School's "refusal to follow state law" in its meetings on August 14 and September 11.

Mayes also wrote a letter last month asking them to reconsider. She said that the Metro School board is committed to complying with state laws, including those that implement charter schools.

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