Metro School Board Meets To Discuss State Funding Cuts
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metro School Board members held a special closed door meeting with an attorney Tuesday, to discuss the loss of $3.4 million in state funding following their denial of a Great Hearts charter school application.
School board members are questioning if the state even has the authority to withhold the money. That's why board members are considering if they should pursue legal action. According to Director of Metro Schools Jesse Register, the school board doesn't feel that they violated the law. They believe they violated a directive from the State Board of Education.
"There is a great deal of uncertainty around the law and the authority of the State Board and the State Commissioner to really take this action," Register explained. "We do not believe that we violated the law."
A second open meeting will take place Tuesday evening to discuss the possible options Metro Schools has to deal with the funding cuts. Register said during the meeting the School Board leaders plan to discuss how they can adjust their budget for the year to make up for the October shortfall.