Task force to study state’s funding formula

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed a task force to study the state’s school funding formula.

The panel is being formed amid criticism that the Basic Education Program, or BEP, is not adequately funding districts statewide.

Last month, the Metro Nashville school board voted unanimously to ask officials to fund public education in a way that would allow those districts to meet rigorous new academic standards.

The board said the program hasn’t been fully funded since it was overhauled six years ago under then-Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman will chair the task force, which is scheduled to meet over the course of this year and make recommendations to the governor by the end of the year.