A Tennessee Mayor Tells Hillsdale Charter Schools to Get Out of Town

Battle over school privatization hits rural Tennessee

Andy Spears
2 min readJun 12, 2023
Photo by John Reed on Unsplash

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is working aggressively to privatize the state’s K-12 education system, a goal he’s been pursuing since before he became a candidate for public office.

A key piece of that puzzle is the creation of charter schools in rural and suburban school districts. Specifically, charter schools affiliated with the Christian Nationalist extremists at Hillsdale College.

One Tennessee school district has already approved a Hillsdale school which is set to open in 2024.

Meanwhile, in rural Maury County, the vote on approving a Hillsdale charter failed by a 6–5 vote.

Now, the Mayor of the largest city in Maury County is speaking out — saying a Hillsdale charter is not needed and noting that it will create a drain on tax revenue.



Andy Spears

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