Resolution seeks adjustment to TN school funding formula - WSMV Channel 4

Resolution seeks adjustment to TN school funding formula

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Metro Nashville school district wants Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers to adjust the state's school funding formula to adequately fund districts statewide.

The Tennessean reports the Metro school board voted unanimously this week to ask officials to "adequately fund public education" in a way that would allow those districts to meet rigorous new academic standards.

The board said the Basic Education Program, or BEP, hasn't been fully funded since it was overhauled six years ago under then-Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen. It claims Nashville, in particular, has been shorted millions of dollars.

Haslam, a Republican, and his education commissioner have also recently drawn fire from the state's three other large school districts who say there are funding inequities in the BEP.

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