By Andy Sher
NASHVILLE —; Lawmakers from Hamilton, Knox and Davidson counties protested today after House leaders approved a $21.7 million budgetary change to the state’s Basic Education Program funding formula.
Sen. David Fowler, R-Signal Mountain, called the provision “maddening,” and Rep. Gary Odom, D-Nashville, labeled it “outrageous.”
Hamilton County would get an estimated $1,000 from the plan, which would boost the state’s share of instructional funding from 65 percent to 66.4 percent, according to a legislative analysis. Knox and Davidson counties would get nothing.
The last-minute proposal was worked out in unannounced meetings and publicly unveiled in the House Budget Subcommittee.
“At the last minute, they have found money to further benefit the people who already benefit the most,” Sen. Fowler said.
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