Tennessee Appeals Court Hears Merits of Education Funding Lawsuit


Should a judge be able to demand Tennessee and its legislative body provide the full amount of money for schools detailed in its education funding formula?

That’s the central question in a Tennessee Court of Appeals case in which Metro Nashville Public Schools is wanting the state to provide money for English language learners as spelled out under the state’s education funding formula.

The arguments on Tuesday were heard by Court of Appeals Judges Frank Clement Jr., Andy Bennett and Richard Dinkins.

During the oral arguments held at Belmont University, Metro attorney Lora Fox said under previous Supreme Court rulings the state is required to fully fund its obligation to maintain and support a system of free public schools that is spelled out within what is known as the Basic Education Program formula.

By not fully funding the formula, the state is violating the court rulings and the Tennessee Constitution, Fox said.

“We have three pronouncements that say full funding of the Basic Education Program is essential, necessary and required,” she said.

Read more…(The Tennessean)

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