The Metro Nashville school board was surprised to learn that new charter schools will absorb millions of dollars from the district’s budget, with more on the way.

The state legislature is about to approve legislation to override the veto of local school boards, so Nashville is sure to get more charters than it wants or needs.

But most of the money for the charters’ budgets will come from the city’s coffers, not the state’s.

Sort of like the state inviting someone to dine at your table, at your cost.

Thanks a lot.