MNPS to hold town hall on school funding on Wednesday
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – On Wednesday, Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education will hold a town hall to discuss the state’s education funding strategy.
State education leaders will join members of the MNPS Education Council for mayor, which is part of Governor Bill Lee’s review of the state’s education funding formula .
Community members are encouraged to share their thoughts on the funding needed for Tennessee public schools to ensure student success.
Each speaker, including community members, will have up to two minutes to share their thoughts on student funding.
The Metropolitan Nashville Education Association reports that Tennessee is 46th in the country in school funding.
The president of the organization, Michele Sheriff, said that for students to be successful, the funding must be adequate.
She said teachers have to buy teaching materials out of their own pockets and public schools are understaffed.
The sheriff said there should be more counselors, school nurses, psychologists and social workers. In addition, she said the basic education program, the funding formula by which public funds for education are generated and distributed to schools in Tennessee, should be revamped.
She said the current BEP underfunds 11,000 staff, so school districts must match funding for 11,000 educators across the state.
“The state must decide. You can’t underfund schools and then say the schools are failing. You have to provide the funding for what the students need to see the success move forward, ”Sheriff explained.
The sheriff said the schools themselves don’t fail students.
“Amazing things are happening every day in our schools. Our students are amazing people and so when you just look at one test result, the students have more than one test result. Students are more than their school attendance and these are the metrics used for elementary schools. Kids do amazing things every day. The teachers do an incredible job supporting the students and their families, ”said Sheriff.
The fundraising town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the MNPS Boardroom at 2601 Bransford Ave. It will also be broadcast on the Metro Nashville network.