Tennessee releases draft framework of new school funding formula, seeks  more input

A potential new school funding formula would provide additional money for low-income students, rural students, English language learners, students with disabilities and charter schools, according to a draft framework released by the Tennessee Department of Education Tuesday night.

The draft came the same day lawmakers convened in Nashville for the start of this year’s legislative session. The state is now seeking public comment on the framework through Jan. 18 — a four-day extension of the original public comment period.

State officials say the framework is based on input from a months-long public comment and committee process that launched in October. Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn thanked Tennesseans for taking part.

“We know this cannot just be about a funding formula in isolation, but about what funding can do to accelerate achievement for our students, ensure they have access to a high-quality education, and set them up for success after high school,” Schwinn said in a statement.

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