Nashville's Battle Over Charters

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

As Metro schools officials dig in to halt legislation that would create a new state panel able to authorize charter schools, their final argument is a fiscal one: protecting the purse of Metro government.

New charters, plotted in Nashville so sporadically and in bulk by state bureaucrats, could burst the city’s budget even in the short term, they contend.

But backers of publicly financed, privately operated charters are fighting back. The very fact Metro Nashville Public Schools can’t find a way to offset the costs speaks to the school system’s rigidity, some suggest.

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