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School Districts in Tennessee could be heading over a financial cliff if the Tennessee General Assembly does not take swift action during the Special Session called by Governor Lee. The state must address the BEP (Basic Education Program) formula, which funds our schools. Three critical events are occurring in most school districts due to the pandemic: unstable student enrollment, increased and unforeseen costs in public education, and uncertainty of local tax revenue.
Uncertainty seems to be the only thing we can be certain of today, which is a theory put forth by French theologian, writer, and mathematician Blaise Pascal. Yet it was Carl von Clausewitz, a Prussian general and military theorist, who proposed “our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.” Whether fascinating or not, we know that despite all the changes we have already faced because of this global pandemic, more change is also likely heading our way.
Local resident and educator Allison Patton Hester was awarded Sumner County Schools Lead Educator of the Year.