A hearing over a controversial charter school application with ties to conservative Hillsdale College in Michigan drew a crowd of opponents and supporters in Rutherford County on Wednesday. Two more hearings of the state-appointed charter commission are scheduled this week.
Three charter school proposals affiliated with Hillsdale College have now appealed their rejections by local Tennessee school boards.
Gov. Lee did not disavow comments from his education advisor Larry Arnn, who said teachers are trained in the ‘dumbest parts of dumbest colleges’ and mocked diversity and inclusion efforts. Now, teachers across Tennessee are demanding an apology.
Public education advocates in Tennessee believe using taxpayer dollars to fund charter school expansion is a bad idea. But that’s exactly what Governor Bill Lee proposed budget would do.
Nashville Classical Charter School won approval to open a second campus on Tuesday. The school was one of the first to be reviewed by the new Tennessee Public Charter School Commission. Previously, appeals were evaluated by the State Board of Education.
Virtual learning has made it challenging for schools to connect with students about their academic and emotional needs during the pandemic.