Judge Tosses Charter School Lawsuit Against School Board

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Metro Nashville Board of Education brought by a charter school that was ordered to be closed because of poor student performance.
The Metro School Board voted in November to shut down Smithson Craighead Middle School because the charter school ranked among the worst academic performers in the state and was losing enrollment.
Afterward, the school and parents filed a class action lawsuit against the board of education arguing that the board violated their due process and equal protection rights.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting the parents’ claim that they would be forced to send their children to inferior schools and denying that the charter’s rights were violated.

One thought on “Judge Tosses Charter School Lawsuit Against School Board

  1. Eric H

    This is how the allow-a-charter plan works. This is done all over the country.
    Only permit the worst students to leave the public monopoly for the charter. Maybe even limit them by a “lottery” (or new state legislation). Once the public charter is comprised entirely of only the students the public monopoly is willing to let go, and then cannot overcome the setbacks they are dealt fast enough, you declare the charter a failure and shut them down. Same kids go back to the public monopoly and stay right where they were academically.
    Next, the closed charter is used as the anecdotal example to forbid all future charters. Meanwhile the scrutiny of the public monopoly’s own bottom 5% will not happen.

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