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Comptroller Sees ‘Risky Situation’ in BEP Funding

Tennessee’s Comptroller is warning a pair of programs used to fund education may be in a “risky situation,” says WPLN.
A new report from the Comptroller’s office expresses several concerns with the Basic Education Program, or BEP. It’s been used to divvy out state money to local school districts since the early 90s, and the amounts are determined, in part, by how many students are on the rolls.
Those figures are submitted by the districts themselves. Add in economic pressures, the argument goes, and there’s an incentive for overstating how many kids are in school on an average day. What’s more, the report’s authors also contend two decades of tweaks have made the formula so convoluted that school systems can’t be sure they’re truly receiving the right amount.
The Comptroller’s office doesn’t accuse anyone of gaming the system now, but suggests changes are needed to remove the temptation. And it says that’s a lesson that can be applied to the relatively new Complete College Tennessee Act.

Note: The full report is HERE. Comptroller Justin Wilson is scheduled to talk about it with the Legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee on Aug. 27.