MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has declined to hear the City of Memphis' appeal in a school funding dispute, leaving city officials to figure out how to pay up to $57 million. In 2008, the City Council sliced its school contribution by $57 million as part of an effort to shift funding to the county.
School officials said this violated the state's Basic Education Funding formula. Lower courts also had ruled in favor of the schools during the past two years. The Commercial Appeal reports the council originally withheld $57 million, but the amount due could be lower based on declining enrollment and other factors.
In December, Mayor A C Wharton called for a tax increase to fund city schools but met resistance from the council, eventually settling on budget cuts.