MNPS has now officially filed a lawsuit against the state of Tennessee in regards to underfunding for English language learners.
The petition, which was filed Thursday, comes after the school board voted to sue in June and a recent letter that 30 Metro Council members signed in favor of the lawsuit.
Amanda Haggard at the Nashville Scene:
The lawsuit argues that the state should follow code, which outlines that “funding shall be provided by the state at a ratio of 1:20 for teachers and 1:200 for translators.”
Currently the state is only funding ELL at an estimated ratio of 1:25 for teachers and 1:250 for translators.
Before the lawsuit was filed, the state agreed about the code and ratio, but referred Metro Legal to another section of the code, which says “the changes in components or factors of the BEP implemented by this at shall be implemented in accordance with funding as made available through the general appropriations act.”
In response to the lawsuit, Nashville Mayor Barry commended the school board.
I commend our School Board for seeking to use every tool available to them to ensure that our teachers have enough resources to provide a world-class education for our students. We have the opportunity to be a leader in the nation for providing high-quality ELL services for our students, but we need to ensure that the State of Tennessee is providing Davidson County with our fair share of tax dollars as required by law.
You can read the lawsuit here.
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