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BEP Formula Overview. BEP Review Committee August 13, 2013. BEP Formula. Basic Education Program (BEP). Adopted by State Legislature in 1992 as part of the Education Improvement Act (EIA) In response to small systems lawsuit that claimed former funding formula was inequitable

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Bep formula overview

BEP Formula Overview

BEP Review Committee

August 13, 2013


Bep formula

BEP Formula

BEP Review Committee August 13, 2013


Basic education program bep

Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Adopted by State Legislature in 1992 as part of the Education Improvement Act (EIA)

  • In response to small systems lawsuit that claimed former funding formula was inequitable

  • BEP 2.0 approved in 2007

  • Determines the funding level required for each school system to provide a common, basic level of service for all students

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Funding formula, NOT a spending plan

  • Provides flexibility

  • Attempts to keep up with increased costs

  • Formula contains a number of components (45 total) that the Legislature has deemed necessary for schools to succeed

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Instructional

    • Regular Education

    • Vocational Education

    • Special Education

    • Elementary & Secondary Guidance

    • Elementary Art, Music and Physical Education

    • Elementary & Secondary Librarians

    • ELL Instructors and Translators

    • Principals

    • Elementary and Secondary Assistant Principals

    • System-wide Supervisors (Regular, Special & Vocational Education)

    • Special Education Assessment Personnel

    • Social Workers & Psychologists

    • Staff Benefits & Insurance

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Classroom

    • K-12 At-risk Class Size Reduction

    • Duty-free Lunch

    • Textbooks

    • Classroom Materials & Supplies

    • Instructional Equipment

    • Classroom Related Travel

    • Vocational Center Transportation

    • Technology

    • Nurses

    • Assistants (Instructional, Special Education & Library)

    • Staff Benefits & Insurance

    • Substitute Teachers

    • Alternative Schools

    • Exit Exams

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Non-classroom

    • Superintendent

    • System Secretarial Support

    • Technology Coordinators

    • School Secretaries

    • Maintenance & Operations

    • Custodians

    • Non-instructional Equipment

    • Pupil Transportation

    • Staff Benefits & Insurance

    • Capital Outlay

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Two Separate Parts:

    • Funding – Department of Education determines need.

    • Local Ability to Pay or Fiscal Capacity

      • Fiscal Capacity Indices provided by:

        • Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR)

        • UT Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER)

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • ADMs (average daily membership) drive the Formula – funded on prior year’s ADMs.

  • ADMs generate:

    • Positions – teachers, supervisors, assistants

    • Funding dollars – ADMs are multiplied by a Unit Cost for supplies, equipment, textbooks, travel, capital outlay, etc.

  • Funding months and weighting

    • Month 2 – 12.5%Month 6 – 35%

    • Month 3 – 17.5%Month 7 – 35%

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

Unit Costs

  • Equipment, supplies, travel, substitute teachers

    • 3 year average

    • Average is inflated up two years

  • Textbooks

    • 3 year average

    • Average is inflated up one year

  • Alternative Schools, Duty Free Lunch, Maintenance & Operations

    • Prior year value is inflated up one year

  • Capital Outlay

    • Square footage cost obtained from RS Means publication

    • Formula – each ADM generates square footage, multiplied by a cost, then amortized to arrive at a yearly cost

    • Includes architect fees and equipment

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Cost Differential Factor (CDF)

    • Adjusts BEP funding in LEAs where the cost of living in the county is greater than the statewide average

    • Compares county wages in non-government industries to statewide wages

    • Increase applied to salaries, retirement and FICA contributions

    • Currently 50% of the CDF is applied in the formula

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Fiscal Capacity

    • TACIR Model (complex multiple-regression model)

    • CBER Model

      • Based on property and sales tax bases

      • Model in BEP 2.0

  • Currently a TACIR/CBER mix is used in BEP calculation (50%/50%)

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Basic Education Program (BEP)

  • Tennessee Basic Education Program: An Analysis

    • http://www.comptroller1.state.tn.us/orea/

    • See legislative brief

  • State Board of Education

    • http://www.tn.gov/sbe/bep.html

    • BEP Handbook – detailed explanation of calculation

    • BEP Blue Book – up to date data on BEP components

    • Recommendations of BEP Review Committee

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Questions

Questions?

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