A Christian College from Michigan Seeks to Extract Tax Subsidies from Tennessee Communities

Charter schools are the keys that unlock the door to millions in taxpayer funding

Andy Spears
3 min readMar 26


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Tennesseans in rural and suburban communities may soon be supporting the agenda of a private, Christian college from Michigan if five charter school proposals are approved by a state commission.

I have written extensively about Hillsdale College and their plans to open a total of 50 or more charter schools in the Volunteer State.

That plan begins with five charter applications currently pending in school districts across the state. This, though, is just the beginning.

It’s important to understand the impact these five would have on the communities in which they may open in order to understand the broader impact of school privatization by way of charter school.

The bottom line: If all five open and operate as planned, $35 million would be drained from local tax revenue.

“No matter how you run the numbers, the financial math on charter schools just doesn’t add up for Tennessee students, parents, and taxpayers,” said Dr. Donna Wright, a PSP co-founder and retired superintendent of Wilson County Schools. “Privately run charter schools that aren’t accountable to elected local school boards significantly strain local budgets, which already are being stretched thin by inflation and other cost pressures.”

Here’s a breakdown of the impact on three of those communities by way of recent stories in NewsBreak:



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .