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Metro school board leader seeks another funding meeting

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The chairwoman of the Metro school board is calling for another meeting with state education leaders in order to save millions in funding for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Cheryl Mayes sent a letter Tuesday to Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman asking the state to reconsider its intention to withhold more than $3 million from Metro schools after the board repeatedly denied a charter school application from Great Hearts Academies.

The two sides came to an impasse over the board's decision even after the state had mandated they approve the application.

As punishment for its actions, the state said it would withhold about $3.4 million of "non-classroom, administrative funding" from the district.

In the letter, Mayes said the board is committed to complying with state laws, and they want to move forward in the common goal of educating students.

Great Hearts had wanted to open five charter schools in Metro, starting with a west Nashville location.

But, when Great Hearts pulled out, it cited a hostile school board would make it impossible for them to successfully open in Nashville.

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