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Tennessee Pastors, Parents Send Message to Education Secretary Cardona

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Group affiliated with Southern Christian Coalition calls for protection of public schools

During Education Secretary Miguel Cardona's recent visit to Nashville, a group of Tennessee pastors and parents urged the Cabinet leader to take action to protect public schools.

“No matter what we look like, where we live, or what's in our wallets, most of us want our neighborhood public schools to inspire imagination, cultivate critical thinking, and ensure our children can live fulfilling lives,” said Rev Dr Kevin Riggs, Pastor of Franklin Community Church. “But Governor Lee and the Legislature are dividing us and working to bypass local leaders and voters when they promote charter schools over local public schools."

Former Metro Nashville Schools board member Amy Frogge, the parent of two public school children, warned about the impact of charter schools on local school funding.

“When a local school district starts to open charter schools, the district is left with less funding for such things as teacher pay, arts programs, and sports programs,” said Frogge. “Over time, as charter schools cause existing schools to become both under enrolled and underfunded, districts are left with a difficult decision of whether to close neighborhood schools to try to offset the cost of funding charter schools. We can’t let our state leaders ignore local parents who don’t want their district infiltrated by charter schools."

Frogge noted that parents and the community benefit from well-funded public schools.

"As a public school parent myself, I know what parents really want. We want well resourced, stable neighborhood schools with great programming and full funding that are open to all students."

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