A judge has denied a request from Metro Nashville Public Schools that she order the state to provide more money for education.
The school district's petition said lawmakers did not provide enough money for Nashville to hire the legally required number of teachers and translators for its English language learners.
The state has said the funding formula is just a goal.
The Tennessean reports Chancery Court Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle on Thursday declined to issue an order to the state, saying the issue needs to be adjudicated first.
Nashville school board Chair Anna Shepherd said the response was disappointing. She has asked Metro Legal to prepare a list of options.
Shelby County and a cluster of seven counties that includes Hamilton are suing the state over education funding.