Nashville leaders ‘dismayed,’ question share of funding in Tennessee’s new education plan

Nashville elected officials and school leaders are expressing concerns about the projected funding increase Metro might see under the state’s proposed new funding formula, even as many questions remain about the proposal unveiled last week.

Metro Nashville Public Schools is only set to receive about $12.6 million in additional state money, according to documents the Tennessee Department of Education sent to Director of Schools Adrienne Battle and city leaders. 

Though the state projects the district’s overall funding to increase by more than $47 million from fiscal year 2023 to fiscal year 2024, the local contribution from Davidson County itself is also expected to increase under state projections.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper took his concerns to Twitter Wednesday. 

Mayor John Cooper, seen here in September, is worried about Nashville's share of state education funding under a proposed new plan from the Lee administration.

“While I am appreciative of the state’s increased investment in education across Tennessee, I am dismayed that Nashville’s share of funding will decline under the new formula,” Cooper said. “We are set to receive about $12.6 million in additional state funding, far less than other cities in Tennessee. Our children, teachers, and taxpayers deserve to receive their fair share from the state.”