By Andy Sher
NASHVILLE —; A resolution that would direct state officials to develop and recommend a fairer Basic Education Program funding formula moved today through House and Senate education committees.
The measure has the backing of Hamilton County lawmakers, who believe the county could reap as much as $21.6 million annually from the state if changes are made.
Sen. Ward Crutchfield, D-Chattanooga, cautioned that the resolution only would direct the state BEP Review Committee to develop and recommend a revised formula in November. There is no guarantee that Gov. Phil Bredesen or the General Assembly would accept the recommendations and agree to revamp the formula next year, he said.
“This may be a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t get us where I want to go,” Sen. Crutchfield told fellow Senate Education Committee members. “We in Chattanooga and Hamilton County have got the worst deal.”
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