Hamilton County school board to take up resolution condemning Hillsdale College President Arnn's critical comments of teachers

Staff photo / School board members Rhonda Thurman, left, Tucker McClendon and Karitsa Jones listen at a March 3, 2020, meeting.

NASHVILLE - Hamilton County school board members are poised to take up a resolution Thursday that condemns conservative Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn for his statements before a Tennessee group last month disparaging public school teachers while also condemning Gov. Bill Lee's "failure" to criticize Arnn while attending the same closed-door event.

The resolution also asks local state senators and legislators to condemn the comments made last month by Arnn at a meeting of charter school supporters in Franklin as Lee sat beside him. Arnn said in the secretly taped video that teachers come from "the dumbest parts of the dumbest colleges" and that "no expertise is required to teach" because "anybody can do it."

If the Hamilton County resolution is approved, the local school board would become at least the fourth board to criticize Arnn, who at Lee's invitation plans to open at least 50 of his "American Classical" charter schools in Tennessee.