Governor Bill Lee has started the process to update how to fund K-12 education in Tennessee.
Lee made the announcement in a press conference Friday morning.
“We will pursue a rigorous review of our state’s education funding to ensure we are properly investing in students and stewarding our resources well,” said Gov. Lee. “I invite every Tennessee parent to tell us about their current experiences as well as their hopes for the education, environment and experience in our K-12 public schools.”
Lee said he hopes the state will move away from system based funding to a more student-based model. Although Lee said the General Assembly would be included in the process, he said he’s not putting a deadline on completing the process.
“We haven’t committed to a time line,” Lee said. “We’ve committed to a process.”
The state’s current funding model, the Basic Education Program, or BEP, has been in place for over 30 years. Lee said he believes there is opportunity for improvement.
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