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Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Smithson Craighead Middle Open

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Smithson Craighead Middle School is supposed to close next month, but students, parents and staff are fighting to keep it open.

They have filed a class action lawsuit against Metro Nashville Public Schools after the school board voted to shut down the charter school after years of low test scores.

In November, the school board voted 8 to 1 to close Smithson-Craighead Middle at the end of the school year because of consistently low test scores as well as decline in enrollment. The charter school is designated as one of the lowest performing in the state.

Now, staff has joined a class action lawsuit against Metro Schools to keep Smithson Craighead open. The lawsuit also seeks damages exceeding $100,000 that parents could collect.

Metro Schools plan to send the students to better schools in the district starting next year.

A statement from Metro Schools reads in part: "The Board of Education is committed to approving high-performing charter schools and to closing those that do not perform. The Tennessee Department of Education supports this approach. In voting to close Smithson-Craighead, the Board of Education fulfilled its obligation to the children and the community consistent with State law. The district expects to prevail in this matter."

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