Hillsdale College withdraws bid to open Tennessee charter schools

Controversial statements by President Larry Arnn had created backlash from Tennessee educators

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – After weeks of controversy, American Classical Education, has withdrawn applications to open charter schools in three Tennessee counties.

The schools would have been affiliated with Hillsdale College, which has become a lightning rod for many Tennessee educators.

Governor Lee touted a partnership with Hillsdale, praising their “patriotic” approach to education.

But Nashville media got their hands on video of Hillsdale President Larry Arnn that was disparaging of public education and teachers.

In one clip, he told an audience that public teachers come from “the dumbest parts of the dumbest colleges.”

The Governor had refused to denounce those comments.

That controversy bled over into the applications for the new schools in Madison, Montgomery and Rutherford counties.

Hillsdale officials say they withdrew because of the limited time to address local concerns.

When asked this afternoon about the development, Governor Lee said that was their decision.

And he stands by giving parents options for the education of their children.

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