Tennessee K-12 Public Education Funding Engagement
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn invite Tennesseans to participate in the full review of the state’s education funding formula and explore possibilities for a more student-centered approach.
The state’s current school funding framework, also known as the Basic Education Program (BEP), has not been meaningfully updated in more than 30 years.
Public engagement will focus on a student investment strategy that incorporates the following:
- Prioritizes students over systems
- Empowers parents to engage in their child’s education
- Incentivizes student outcomes
- Ensures all students, regardless of location or learning needs, are served at a high-level
- Reflects Tennesseans’ values
- Creates flexible funding that prepare students for postsecondary success
Funding Review Committees
The state’s engagement will include a central steering committee composed of policymakers from across the state and 18 subcommittees, who represent district and school leaders, higher education partners, elected officials, business leaders, families, education stakeholders and members of the public. The department will also have a committee of national experts, regional meetings of county commissioners and school board members and public engagement representatives.
Chair: Elizabeth Brown, State President, Future Business Leaders of America – Tennessee; Senior, Coffee County High School
Chair: Commissioner Brad Turner, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Chair: Raul Lopez, Executive Director, Latinos for Tennessee
Chair: Victor Evans, Executive Director, TennesseeCAN
Chair: Dr. Derwin Sisnett, Commissioner, Tennessee Public Charter School Commission
Chair: Morgan Rankin, 2021-22 Teacher of the Year, Johnson City Schools
Chair: Farrah Griffith, Principal, White County Schools
Chair: Dr. Steve Starnes, Director of Schools, Greeneville City Schools
Chair: Dr. Danny Weeks, Director of Schools, Dickson County Schools
Chair: Janet Ayers, President, The Ayers Foundation
Chair: Dr. Ted Horrell, Director of Schools, Lakeland School System
Chair: Cato Johnson, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Public Policy/Regulatory Affairs, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Chair: Dr. Youlanda Jones, President, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology- Covington, Ripley, and Newbern
Chair: Randy Boyd, President, University of Tennessee System
Chair: Dr. Jared Bigham, Senior Advisor on Workforce & Rural Initiatives, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce
Chair: Dr. Dan Challener, President, Public Education Foundation
Co-Chairs: Scott Niswonger, Chairman and Founder, Niswonger Foundation, and Dr. Nancy Dishner, President and CEO, Niswonger Foundation
Chair: Justin Owen, President & Chief Executive Officer, Beacon Center of Tennessee
District and school leaders, elected officials, families, education stakeholders and members of the public will be engaged in the coming months through committees, survey opportunities, local meetings and more.
Fill out this form to sign up for consideration to join a committee and receive updates.
- Gov. Lee Calls for Review of State Education Funding Formula (10.8.21)
- TDOE Announces Central Steering Committee; 18 Subcommittees to Explore Student-Centered Funding Strategy (10.12.21)
- TDOE Announces Chairs of 18 Education Funding Review Subcommittees; Conversations to Explore Student-Based Investment Strategy (10.13.21)