Tennessee School Boards and Unions Go Up Against Hillsdale-Affiliated Charter Schools 

Three Tennessee school boards denied the application of the American Classical Academy, a K-12 charter school system affiliated with Hillsdale College that provides students with a traditional liberal arts education. 

The American Classical Academy alleges that these judgments are politically motivated and based on its ties to Hillsdale. The charter school system has argued that its affiliation with Hillsdale “has nothing to do with the legal requirements or best practices” of authorizing a charter school.  

The school boards’ decisions are the latest battle in Tennessee’s education wars. In the midst of an ongoing effort to expand charter schools, teachers’ unions and left-leaning officials are pushing back with messaging campaigns and lobbying, among other actions.  

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