Commissioners ask for delay in funding change

Six Knox County commissioners are calling on Governor Haslam to delay a newly announced drop in state funding that's set to impact the Knox County School system.

The schools are estimated to lose $2.9 million because of a change in the state's basic education program, or BEP funding formula.

In a letter, the group asked the governor to put off the formula change for at least one year.

They wrote, "To change the BEP formula in mid-year has proven to be detrimental to our system moving forward with paying teachers well and instituting reforms that are making a difference - state mandated and not funded, by the way."

The Knox County Commission is scheduled to talk on Monday about the county mayor's current proposed budget. Officials say the emphasis will be on school spending.


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