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School Board Will Not Sue Over $3.4M Penalty

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Metro School board voted not to sue the state over the $3.4 million penalty issued to them for denying charter status to Great Hearts Academy.

During a meeting held Tuesday night the board discussed the possibility of suing the state over the penalty. Members originally questioned if the state had the authority to withhold the money. According to Director of Metro Schools Jesse Register, the school board didn't feel that they violated the law. They believe they violated a directive from the State Board of Education.

The Tennessee Department of Education announced would withhold the $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.

Although the board decided not to pursue a lawsuit there was discussion about possibly cutting salaries to make up for the shortfall.

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