State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, meets with Scott County School System representative Terri Keeton in Nashville earlier this year. (Photo: Kenyager.com)
State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, meets with Scott County School System representative Terri Keeton in Nashville earlier this year. (Photo: Kenyager.com)

 

NASHVILLE — In an impassioned address before the Senate Education Committee Wednesday, state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, reiterated his stance that current education funding models represent inequality for rural school systems and said he was committed to righting that wrong.

Specifically, Yager was referring to a 2007 change to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) model that included revisions by the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research.

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"I'm advised that out of our 136 school systems in the state, 102 of those were adversely affected when we made this change," Yager said. "That just presents a real inequity."

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