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State legislator stands by call for school chief to resign

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Metro schools Superintendent Dr. Jesse Register has been filing financial disclosure reports for the past two years. But there is one section in the disclosure that Register has left blank. It asks "anything of value received from third parties" - in other words, sources of gifts.

The idea that that section of the disclosure has been left out has irked the union representing support staff at Metro Public Schools and state Rep. Gary W. Moore, who represents a major part of Davidson County in the state legislature.

Moore has called for Register to resign his position over the matter in a letter sent to Metro city leaders in March.

Just before Tuesday night's school board meeting, Register told Channel 4 News that he has fully complied on the disclosure form.

"It's been filled out, and it's been turned into Metro clerk. It was really a misunderstanding on my part. It's not a Metro ordinance, it's a sentence in my contract that identifies the Metro policy," said Register.

That explanation doesn't sit well with Moore, who told Channel 4 News he believes Register knowingly violated the terms of his contract for two years.

"Dr. Register is an educated man, not being able to realize his contract says he's suppose to comply, I got a problem with that," said Moore.

Moore said he's pleased with Register coming in compliance, but it's the past two years out of compliance that concerns him.

"It would be like a thief stealing something and getting caught, 'Oh well, I'll just give it back and everything will be made whole.' He violated the contract knowingly, and he should be held accountable."

When Channel 4 asked Moore how he should be held accountable, his response was "resignation."

Register said it was a matter of a misunderstanding.

"I filled out the form, and it's in," said Register.

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