Throwing it All Away
First, the leaders of the Tennessee House and Senate appointed a joint task force to explore the idea of refusing all federal education funding. That’s nearly $2 billion of foregone revenue for schools across the state.
Terrible Task Force
Legislative leaders move forward with attempt to refuse federal education funding House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Lt…
The policymakers say the state wants the money, just not all the strings attached.
Strings like providing an equal education to all kids regardless of factors like disability or income level.
Fortunately, Tennessee has a budget surplus and the lawmakers are suggesting shifting some of those surplus dollars to make up for the programs the feds fund.
Unfortunately, Tennessee also underfunds schools to the tune of $1.7 billion a year, according to a bipartisan commission of government officials.
So, the plan is to take a public school system that is severely underfunded and then deny that system $2 billion with a vague promise of making up the difference.
This may begin to make more sense with the added context of the next story. This one’s about how the state plans to hand the task of education over to a Christian Nationalist charter school network.
Onward, Christian Charters!
Bill Lee's privatization plot bears fruit A Christian Nationalist charter school network with ties to extreme-right…
An analysis of the fiscal impact of charter schools found that the Hillsdale charters, as envisioned in their applications, would drain roughly $7 million from each district where they operate.
In short, it’s a full-court press for school privatization in the Volunteer State.
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