Haslam's Tennessee school funding strategy finds opposition in McCormick

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talks about education and his budget to the editorial board Thursday at the Times Free Press.

Gov. Bill Haslam has given up on trying to create a new state school funding formula that keeps both rural and urban schools happy and instead plans to push a measure that largely keeps the current hybrid formula intact with some controversial tweaks.

And as a result, the Republican governor's solution now has him at odds with House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga. McCormick said he thinks the deal adversely impacts the Hamilton County school system and he doesn't feel he can carry the bill.

Haslam's amendment would stop phasing in a nearly nine-year-old reform of Tennessee's massive Basic Education Program funding formula. The 2007 reform is known as BEP 2.0 and it was intended to benefit urban school districts like Hamilton County, which had threatened to sue the state.

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