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Tenn. school district to stay open despite financial woes

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The director of a small, financially struggling school district in northern Tennessee says students will return to classes next week after fall break is over.

Clay County Director of Schools Jerry Strong says the move comes due to a lawsuit filed by parents over the school board's decision last week to close schools until a funding dispute with county officials could be resolved.

The suit was filed in Chancery Court by Tracy Ford and Christopher Kane, but has since been moved to federal court due to questions about whether students would be denied their constitutional right to equal protection under the law since other school districts would continue to educate children.

Strong says the funding dispute stems from partially unfunded government mandates and the county's inability to generate more tax revenue.