Proposed Education Bill Brings Two School Boards Together
by Chris Cannon
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - For the first time in six years the Williamson County and Franklin Special Schools Boards met together for a joint work session. Senate Bill 2210 brought the two governing bodies together.
Many educators in the state feel SB 2210 could have a negative impact on their districts if lawmakers make it a reality this session.
"We want to avoid any outside interference, to the extent possible, and allow us to do the good work with think we're good at in Williamson County," explained Dr. Mike Looney, Williamson County Schools Director.
SB 2210 was originally drafted to change the state's funding mechanism, or BEP. That could affect how much money the state provides districts. It also called for an increase in the student population in classrooms from 20 to 25.
Franklin Special Schools Director David Snowden and Dr. Looney traveled to Nashville Monday to meet with state leaders to discuss SB 2210.
"There have been some changes that occurred, so we're going to talk about that and we'll see what happens," Dr. Snowden said.
The schools directors said state leaders told them there would not be a change in the BEP this session, but there could still be an increase in classroom population.
Both school boards decided not to take an official stance on SB 2210 at this time. But both schools directors said they would keep a close eye on the issue and if they see a problem, they would request another joint work session of the two governing bodies.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:04 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:04:23 GMT
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