Statement from Senate Education Committee Chairman Delores Gresham; September 18th, 2012:
(NASHVILLE, TN), September18 , 2012 – Following please find a statement from Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) regarding the withholding approximately $3.4 million from Metro Nashville Public Schools due to Metro Nashville School Board’s disregard for following Tennessee’s Public Charter School Law as it concerns Great Hearts Academy:
“It is clear that the Metro School Board voted twice to break the law and stand against giving parents the choices afforded to them under Tennessee statutes to help their child have more opportunities to succeed,” said Chairman Gresham. “We must hold these elected officials accountable for their decision to break the law.”
“I applaud the action of the Tennessee Department of Education. Their action to withhold administrative, not classroom funds, does not punish students and is the correct course to take to demonstrate to the errant members of the school board that you cannot deliberately break the law without consequences,” she concluded.