tennessee department of education: Stop them from withholding $3.4 million in funding
  • Petitioned Kevin S. Huffman

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Commissioner of the Tennessee Dept. of Education
Kevin S. Huffman
Governor of Tennessee
Governor Bill Haslam

tennessee department of education: Stop them from withholding $3.4 million in funding

    1. Michelle Kelly
    2. Petition by

      Michelle Kelly

      Nashville, TN

There has been an ongoing argument regarding the opening of a Great Hearts Academy charter school on the west side of Nashville. However, after much deliberation the Board of Education in Davidson County had put the decision to a vote and voted no. Apparently, the state and the Tennessee Department of Education felt that this was unacceptable and has decided to withhold $3.4 million dollars. The funding is 10 percent of the state’s annual “non-instructional” funding for Nashville’s children. This funding reduction will the non-classroom components of the state’s Basic Education Program funding formula,” according to the state, and will be reallocated to other districts. According to the Tennessee Department of Education website there are a number of components that make up the non-instructional funding allocation. They are listed in the Tennessee Basic Education Program 2.0 Handbook as:

 

SUPERINTENDENT

TECHNOLOGY COORDINATORS SYSTEM

SECRETARIAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL

SCHOOL SECRETARIAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL

CUSTODIANS

RETIREMENT and SOCIAL SECURITY

INSURANCE

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL EQUIPMENT

PUPIL TRANSPORTATION

MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS

MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS STAFF BENEFITS CAPITAL OUTLAY

 

So which one of these items do you think won’t have an affect on our children?

 

Don’t let the State of Tennessee bully our local Board of Education. If the state allows the local government to vote on the issues that affect our children, then the state should have to abide by those decisions without fear of retribution.

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    • Bonnie Wagner ANTIOCH, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      WE, the taxpayers (and parents of school children) in Davidson County should not be held responsible for the Board of Educations decisions. Metro Public Schools take enough of a hit as it is in this town with its charter and private schools. ENOUGH! How are we supposed to educate our students without taking care of our schools and the people who work within them? How can we trust our school systems to care for our children without everyone needed in order to maintain the operations of a school. Really. I want an answer. Withhold 3.4 million from an already struggling educational system and you are hammering nails into our coffin.

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    • Cory Rice MT. JULIET, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Our children do not deserve this! Why would you take away money that is so desperatly needed!

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    • Misty Brooks COLUMBIA, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Our funding shouldn't be stripped simply because the state doesn't like the outcome of a vote. This school district continues to need that money in order to help the students. Penalizing MNPS for a vote not going your way is ridiculous. The students still need to be educated, and cutting non-instructional funding still compromises our ability to give the children the support they need.

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    • JACQUELINE JACKMAN GOODLETTSVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THEN THE EDUCATION OF THE NEXT GENERATIONS. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD, THE COUNTY CLEARLY IS IN NEED OF MORE FUNDING, NOT LESS.

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    • Wendy Storie NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      This is absolutly insane! Why would they want to punish our children!

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