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Metro School Board Urges State To Fully Fund BEP Program

Metro School Board Urges State To Fully Fund BEP Program

CREATED Dec 11, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Members of Metro Nashville Public School board passed a resolution urging the state to fully fund school districts using the formula the state created back in 2007.

They said it was time the state started really investing in public education. It was a unanimous vote.

Board members said the state has never fully funded that program, known as BEP. The resolution passed Tuesday night also urged the state step up its funding for teacher salaries.

All told, if the district got everything it asked for it would have gotten an extra $75 million this school year.

"Now that the economy is turning around and revenues are heading in the right direction and the recession is in the rear view mirror, I really do think it is the right thing to do to encourage the state to begin reinvesting in the BEP and following through on the original commitments," said board member Will Pinkston.

The vote is non-binding, but it does encourage other schools to join in urging the state and the governor to increase school budgets.