Tennesseans urged to respond to proposed rules on TISA public school funding formula

Public consultation opens today, June 6

Nashville, TN – Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released proposed rules to implement the Tennessee Investing in Student Success Act (TISA). Informed by input from various stakeholders — parents, educators, superintendents, and business and community leaders — all Tennesseans are now encouraged to submit public comments on the proposed rules by Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

Comments should be emailed to [email protected] or by post to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Education, Andrew Johnson Tower, 9th Floor
710 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243

“Thanks to the thousands of Tennesseans involved in the Public Funding Review Pledge process and the dedication of Governor Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly, our districts, schools, educators, and most importantly, students, have now an updated public school funding formula that will meet their every need,”said Commissioner Penny Schwinn.“We hope all Tennesseans will stay engaged and submit their feedback on the proposed rules as we prepare to implement TISA in the months ahead.”

TISA was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly on April 28, 2022 and was signed into law by Governor Bill Lee on May 2, 2022. With the passage of TISA, Tennessee’s K-12 public schools will now transition to a student-focused funding approach and invest approximately $9 billion in school funding. education for the state, including state and local funds, which includes an additional recurring state investment of $1 billion beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. TISA will enable every student to read proficiently in third grade, prepare every high school graduate for post-secondary success, and provide the resources needed for all students to ensure they succeed.

TISA specifically requires rulemaking in certain areas to further flesh out the law, define terms, and establish processes and procedures for disbursements of funding. In accordance with the Funding Review Pledge Process, which generated more than 1,000 comments, the department will collect public input and feedback that will strengthen the proposed rules that will accompany the law and ensure its alignment as the state will transition to a student-centered K-12. public education funding formula.

An additional opportunity to provide public comment will be available during a rulemaking hearing. Details regarding the hearing will be shared at a later date.

To learn more about TISA and access additional resources, visit the Tennessee Department of Education website. For Tennessee Department of Education media inquiries, contact [email protected]