Hamilton County schools continue fight for more funding

NASHVILLE - Attorneys for the Hamilton County Schools system and the state of Tennessee will be back before a Davidson County judge today on local schools' lawsuit challenging the adequacy of the state's school funding formula.

In September, Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman delayed ruling on a request by Hamilton County and six nearby districts to grant class-action status in the lawsuit over the state's Basic Education Program funding formula.

Bonnyman also said at the time she would first need to address Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery's motion to dismiss the lawsuit in its entirety.

Neither Hamilton County nor the state on Thursday were predicting whether the chancellor would make a decision today on the state's motion to dismiss, let alone the request to include all 141 school districts in the litigation. The county charges the BEP is underfunded by more than $500 million and that has adversely impacted schools across Tennessee.