DOE: Dean can't take over schools

Friday, June 12, 2009 at 2:29am

A Tennessee mayor cannot assume control of a school district unless a change is made to state law, according to information received this week from the Tennessee Department of Education.

While there has been significant talk in Nashville about the possibility of Mayor Karl Dean becoming head of Metro Nashville Public Schools, such a change can’t happen without new legislation.

With this year’s state session expected to end soon, it’s unlikely that a change in the legal relationship between Nashville’s mayor and public school system can occur in the next year.

This summer, Nashville will learn whether its public schools will enter the No Child Left Behind status of “Restructuring II,” which will occur if the district fails to meet certain academic benchmarks required by state and federal laws.

Restructuring II would give the DOE unprecedented options for a governance change, including the authority to remove Director of Schools Jesse Register from office, to remove individual school board members from their seats, or to appoint DOE Commissioner Tim Webb as head of Metro Nashville Public Schools.

A Dean-led school district was reported as an option, but without new legislation that option is dead for now.

Over the summer the DOE will tabulate results obtained from Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) assessment tests. Schools and districts will have the opportunity to appeal the results, and the DOE is expected to announce results for all districts in Tennessee in late July or early August.


2 Comments on this post:

By: TharonChandler on 6/12/09 at 11:42

Karl Dean needs to take over the Metro schools not only on his status as the duly elected Mayor of Nashville but also under the Federal Authority of the US Justice Department, on the grounds of incompetence within the STATE bureaucracy as includes very much incompetence on the part of Phil Bredesen and Vaance Ruugard. Those are two people in key positions as have left good people to vultures rather than take proper responsibility for the state bureacracy (lack of proper responsibilty to the Students of Memphis & Nashville and Chattanooga).

By: BigPapa on 6/12/09 at 1:06

I dont see where Dean is doing anything particularly great as Mayor. Why should he have the schools too?