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Nashville School Board Won’t Sue State for Withholding Funds

Despite one board member’s push to dig in and fight, the Metro school board on Tuesday backed off its threat to sue the state for withholding $3.4 million in funds to punish the district for rejecting a charter school application, reports The Tennessean.
Board members expressed hope that the state might willingly restore the funds if the district takes a more cooperative approach instead. The school board voted 8-1 on Tuesday to defeat a motion from board member Amy Frogge to pursue litigation against the Tennessee Department of Education over the financial reprimand that followed the Metro board’s repeated rejection of Great Hearts Academies’ charter school proposal this summer.
Citing a looming Dec. 16 deadline to file for injunctive relief, Frogge, a Great Hearts critic, said the board’s “backs are against the wall.” She added: “I’m all for compromise, too, but I just feel like we’re in the position now where we have to give everything.”
Her eight colleagues, however, concluded that while the lost funds hurt, it wasn’t worth waging a legal fight. The sentiments reflected the recommendation of Director of Schools Jesse Register, who called a lawsuit “counterproductive.”

Amy DesJarlais Defends Her Embattled Husband

The wife of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais tells Michael Collins that accusations the pro-life, family-values congressman had affairs outside of his first marriage and encouraged one of his girlfriends to get an abortion don’t accurately reflect his true character.
Amy DesJarlais said the congressman has been a good husband and father during their decade-long marriage and that she has not witnessed any of the philandering or erratic behavior ascribed to him in divorce papers from his first marriage a dozen years ago.
“What’s in the divorce records is not the husband I’ve had for 10 years,” she told the News Sentinel in her first public comments on the latest accusations that have shaken her husband’s re-election campaign.
“I’ve never seen that side of him,” she said.
Mrs. DesJarlais said she and the couple’s three children — Tyler, 17, Ryan, 14, and Maggie, 5 — have been hurt by the public airing of the allegations during her husband’s political campaigns.
DesJarlais, a Jasper Republican who represents Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District, is locked in
a tough re-election battle against Democrat Eric Stewart, a state senator from Belvidere.
“I realize, of course, that this can get ugly,” Amy DesJarlais said of politics. But, she stressed, “our marriage is very firm, positive.

On Beating Big Money in a School Board Race

Big money in school board races is a growing phenomena. The City Paper has an interesting piece on a Nashville candidate who overcame a funding disadvantage.
As her decisive victory began to crystallize, Amy Frogge picked up her cell phone to hear a reporter ask the obvious question: How were you able to overcome all that money?
Her answer, after finding a place to talk over cheers, was what anyone would say after months of door knocking, candidates’ forums and meet and greets: “Hard work.”
In a Metro school board election cycle that saw unprecedented amounts of dollars flow to candidates — more than $400,000 overall — Frogge knocked off the one with the most: Margaret Dolan, an Ingram Industries executive who used her network of heavyweight support to build a campaign war chest of $113,000, the highest figure ever collected for a Metro school board race.
It was a clear takedown of power brokers.