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Tenn. Withholds Aid Over Charter Rejection

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The Tennessee education department has withheld $3.4 million in aid from the Metropolitan Nashville district, citing its refusal to approve a charter school as a violation of state law.

The 81,000-student district repeatedly rejected an application to open a charter school, despite a state directive that the district approve the application.

District officials said the school would not serve enough economically disadvantaged students.

The $3.4 million aid was for non-classroom purposes in the state's basic education funding formula, the state said. The district argued that the reduction in aid would nonetheless affect services for classrooms and students.

Vol. 32, Issue 09, Page 5

Published in Print: October 24, 2012, as Tenn. Withholds Aid Over Charter Rejection
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