‘Rat’s Ass’ Email on Tennessee State Grade Changing Leads to Removal of Higher Ed Chair
Tennessee Senator Jim Summerville wrote in a terse email to the head of the state’s Black Caucus of State Legislators that he didn’t give a ‘rat’s ass’ about its opinion on a legislative hearing about improper grade changes at Tennessee State University. Yesterday, Summerville, who is white, was removed as chairman of the senate’s higher education subcommittee.
“I am very disappointed in the unfortunate choice of words and tone used by Senator Summerville in responding to Rep. Cooper,” (Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores) Gresham , R-Somerville, said in a statement. “There is a standard of courtesy that must be observed by members of the General Assembly and this went beyond what is acceptable.”
TSU was cleared of wrong doing in a report to the subcommittee by an independent audit executed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.