Basic Facts

Joint Education Committee

Basic Facts

A crash course in the state’s formula for school funding highlights challengesfor Knox County.

by jesse fox mayshark • december 21, 2018

Maryanne durski, right, of the state Department of education spoke to knox county's joint education committee this week.

A group of Knox County school officials and county commissioners received a lesson Wednesday afternoon in the unforgiving math of the state’s Basic Education Program.
The Basic Education Program rates school systems on their ability to supply local revenue. Knox County ranks high.
“It is a formula,” said Maryanne Durski, executive director of the Office of Local Finance in the state Department of Education.
Durski said some people seem to think there’s a committee that sits around every year and decides how much state funding to send to each school system. “It do...

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