Earlier today, Gov. Bill Haslam published an amendment to his state budget proposal to include $30 million in recurring statewide funding for teacher insurance costs in the BEP.
Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register applauds the move, saying:
This is a very positive step forward and proof that Governor Haslam listened to our concerns at last week’s meeting with the superintendents. It is clear that he and his team are willing to make real, collaborative progress toward our shared goal.
Funding teacher insurance is one of the two major concerns we shared with the Governor last week, and it was the top recommendation of the BEP committee. This is the first step toward solving it. Reaching a full solution will take time and cooperation, but together we can come up with a substantive plan to properly fund public education in Tennessee.
It also confirms for me that a lawsuit is the wrong direction to take. As today proves, more can be accomplished by working together than in the courts.