Tomorrow night the Metro school board will consider whether to hire a lawyer, to get back funding the state withheld from the district as punishment. One school board member is making a case to sue to get back more than $3 million.
In a months-long tug-of-war, state officials ordered Metro to let Phoenix-based Great Hearts Academies open a charter school in Nashville if it met certain conditions. Metro says Great Hearts never fulfilled those requirements, and scuttled the application. State officials argue that rejection defied their order.
In an op-ed for The Tennessean today, new Metro board member Amy Frogge says she sees a lawsuit “not as a way to prolong the controversy, but as a way to resolve our dispute fairly before a neutral third party.”
The Metro school board meets Tuesday at 5 p.m.