Tag Archives: School Funding in Tennessee

A Beatdown for Brownback

NPR reports on the Kansas legislature putting Governor Sam Brownback in his place after his failed experiment in governing without money. Turns out, you can’t run government without revenue. The Kansas Supreme Court has already ruled the schools there are woefully underfunded and is requiring the legislature to pony up the funds necessary to properly […]

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TN’s Broken School Funding Formula

From Tennessee Education Report: For the past two years, Gov. Haslam has proposed and the General Assembly has adopted education budgets that included four percent increases in state appropriations for the instructional salary component of the BEP. That means Tennessee teachers have received four percent raises in back-to-back years, right? Wrong. Instead, some teachers have […]

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Is It Anything?

Analysis of legislation proposed in Tennessee reveals nothing … or something very, very bad: Representative Bill Dunn of Knoxville has proposed an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that purports to remove the requirement that the General Assembly adequately fund public schools in the state. However, an Attorney General’s opinion published on March 29 notes: “… the […]

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Toward a New BEP

From Tennessee Education Report: It’s also worth noting that every single district in the state hires teachers beyond the BEP-generated number. Typically, around 12-15% more than what the BEP formula generates. Districts cover the full cost of salary and insurance for all teachers hired beyond the BEP number. If districts only hired the BEP number […]

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The Funding Games

The Tennessee General Assembly is playing games with school funding. From Tennessee Education Report: When a body like the Tennessee General Assembly faces a dilemma such as whether or not to make funding schools a top priority, they can either make a significant new investment in schools OR wait and see if the courts order […]

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BEP Changes and Tennessee’s Urban Districts

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press: “Eliminating the CDF is a part of BEP 2.0,” agreed Andy Spears, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the ins and outs of Tennessee’s school funding formula. “But full funding of 2.0 would benefit urban districts. The CDF protects urban districts now, and 2.0 would have provided recurring revenue to […]

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“A Deliberate Attempt to Avoid Tough Issues”

Tennessee’s BEP Review Committee, an arm of the State Board of Education tasked with making recommendations on the state’s school funding formula, left out a few items in its most recent report. Chattanooga Times-Free Press reporter Andy Sher took note and wrote about the omission. Here’s what I had to say on the issue: The […]

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How TN Can Invest More in Schools

A modest proposal over at Tennessee Education Report: First, state revenues are continuing a trend of coming in over projections.  Andrea Zelinski notes: Year to date nine months into the fiscal year, state revenues are $444 million more than anticipated. So, if Tennessee invested 100% of these over-collections into K-12 education, we’d come very close […]

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