Board of Education, MNPS joins Metro Government and Shelby County in Voucher Lawsuit
Calling the state's voucher program morally and legally flawed, Interim Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle and the Board of Education agreed unanimously in a special called meeting today (Thursday, Feb. 6) to support a lawsuit with Metro Government and Shelby County opposing the voucher legislation.
Mayor John Cooper and Metro Legal Director Bob Cooper both attended the meeting, with Director Cooper outlining the reasons behind the 44-page suit filed today in Davidson County Chancery Court. In his remarks, Director Cooper said the law clearly was based on politics and violates the state constitution and the legislature's mandate to maintain a system of free public schools.
If enacted, Metro Schools stands to lose up to $16 million in BEP (Basic Education Program) funding the first year alone and up to $162 million over the next five years.
It definitely caught my eye when certain counties had to be excluded before lawmakers would vote to approve the legislation. Well, if it’s not good for your district, it certainly isn’t good for ours. Taking money and students out of public schools is a terrible thing to do to a community. We need investment in public education, not disinvestment. We need a firm commitment to our schools and an unwavering belief in what they can do for our children.
“We called this meeting because this is such an important topic that can’t wait any longer for us to address. As advocates for our city’s public school students and stewards of finite taxpayer resources, we are resolved to stand up against vouchers."
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