Long before COVID-19 hit Tennessee, our public schools were already plagued by chronic under-funding by the state. Gov. Bill Lee’s proposed budget includes increases for K-12, but falls far short of what the state can afford, what our schools need, and doesn’t get us out of the bottom five states for school funding.
TEA is asking all educators and public education advocates to stand with the association in demanding a significant increase in public education funding. At a time when the state surplus is soaring, there is no excuse to leave our schools starving for state funds. Watch the video (at left or above if you're reading on your mobile phone) and download the TEA talking points on education funding to prepare to lobby the administration and General Assembly.
Below you will find a one-pager for every district in the state detailing the local and state funding for the district. This document illustrates the gap in state investment in our public schools and the burden placed on school districts to make up the difference. The BEP is broken. It is critical that legislators hear from educators in their district on the funding issues plaguing our public schools. TEA is asking local leaders to use the one-pagers below to educate Tennessee legislators and push for increased funding. TEA has also put together a short video primer on the funding issue that should be shared with educators and legislators.