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Review of The Basic Education Program: How the Volunteer State's Education Funding Formula Doesn't Make the Grade

Think Twice - Feb 15, 2022

Publisher/Think Tank - Beacon Center of Tennessee

Author(s) - Ron Shultis and Jason Edmonds

A recent policy brief from the Beacon Center of Tennessee describes the state's K-12 finance formula and makes recommendations for reform. According to a new review, however, there is little if any peer-reviewed research to support the brief's findings. In fact, several recent studies present contradictory findings.

Reviewer(s) - David S. Knight, University of Washington

Professor Knight contends that little empirical work explores these issues, suggesting a need for more research in this area prior to advancing strong policy recommendations. Accordingly, he concludes that while the brief is commendable in its call to action and emphasis on equity and transparency, it provides limited actionable information. Policymakers should thus read this report with caution and pair their reading with materials that provide more nuanced perspectives.