Today's meeting with school leaders may be Haslam's last chance to avoid lawsuit

Gov. Bill Haslam announces a healthier communities initiative at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. The governor told reporters afterward that he is urging fellow Republicans in the Legislature not to let the upcoming convention of the National Rifle Association in Nashville influence their consideration of a slew of bills seeking to loosen state gun laws.
photo FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam speaks to reporters in an office suite at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. Haslam is pivoting to another tough fight over what he describes as the ruined brand of Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

photo Jonathan Welch

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam's expected meeting today with the heads of Tennessee's four largest school systems could be his best -- and last -- chance for avoiding a lawsuit over state education funding, school board members say.

In fact, Hamilton County school board member Jonathan Welch said the local district -- one of seven that have authorized litigation -- could file suit this week unless there's agreement today over pumping new money into the state's Basic Education Program.

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