Watkins College of Art is removing its president from overseeing the school’s transition into Belmont University, following weeks of controversy surrounding the merger.
Nashville leaders are calling on state lawmakers to increase education funding.
A resolution adopted by the Metro school board Tuesday night says the district needs more money to retain teachers.
The president of Watkins College of Art came under fire Wednesday by a room full of students and faculty disheartened by the news that Belmont University will be absorbing the small arts school.
Democrats in the Tennessee General Assembly are calling on Gov. Bill Lee to increase the state’s spending on public schools.
They claim an increase in the school funding formula is the first step to improving literacy rates.
Watkins College of Art will soon be a school within Belmont University, following a merger announced by the presidents of both schools at a press conference Tuesday.
The deal will mean the end of Watkins as a standalone institution. The school was founded in 1885 in Nashville and offers bachelor’s degrees in film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography and art, as well as two graduate programs: in film and in visual arts.