Mayor John Cooper ‘appalled’ by education funding plan

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Mayor John Cooper said he was “appalled” that Gov. Bill Lee’s education funding plan only sends $12.6 million in additional public funds to Nashville public schools.

  • Lee’s administration projected that his plan would result in a $47.5 million funding increase for the district. But the lion’s share of that figure is expected to come from the local budget, according to state correspondence that the mayor’s office shared with Axios.

What he says : Cooper said Nashville’s share of state funding was “much lower than what other cities in Tennessee” would receive under the plan.

  • Cooper tweeted he would work with community and business leaders to seek “better results and greater investment from the state in the years to come.”

The other side: Lee’s administration has touted its investments in education, which officials call “historic.” His plan would put $750 million in new recurring public funding toward the revamped funding formula.

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