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October 24, 2014

 

The Basic Education Program (BEP)

Overview of the Basic Education Program (BEP)
The Basic Education Program (BEP) is the funding formula through which state education dollars are generated and distributed to Tennessee schools. Click here for a general and non-technical overview of the BEP.

The BEP "Blue Book"
The Board annually reviews and approves school system allocations generated through the BEP formula.  The BEP Blue Book (updated for FY14-15) is a commonly referenced document outlining, in technical detail, the major categories and components of the BEP.

BEP Handbook For Computation, (revised April 2014) Prepared by the TDOE Office of Local Finance

 

The Annual BEP Report

2013 Final BEP Report

 

The BEP Review Committee
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-1-302(4)(a) specifies that the State Board of Education shall establish a review committee for the Tennessee basic education program (BEP). This committee is directed to meet at least four times a year and regularly review the BEP components including the preparation of an annual report on or before November 1 of each year.

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2014 BEP Review Committee Activities:

 

2014 DRAFT BEP Report

2014-2015 BEP Blue Book

2014 BEP 2.0 Allocations

2014-2015 State Minimum Salary Schedule

ARCC Techer Compensation Literature Review Full Report, submitted to the BEP Review Committee September 2014.

BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call Agendanew posting
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-9817 (Nashville Area) and 1-866-531-3926(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 4024. Streaming Video Link
BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call Agenda
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 6300. Archived Video Link
BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call Agenda
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 6300. Archived Video Link
BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call Agenda
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 6300. Archived Video Link

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2013 BEP Review Committee Activities:

2013 Final BEP Report

2013-2014 BEP Blue Book

2013 BEP 2.0 Allocations

2013-2014 State Minimum Salary Schedule

BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call Agenda
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 1220.
Archived Video Link.
BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call Agenda
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 1220.
Archived Video Link.
BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call Agenda
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 1220.
Archived Video Link.
BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call Agenda
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 1220.
Archived Video Link.

 

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2012 BEP Review Committee Activities:
2012 Final BEP Report

 

2012-2013 BEP Blue Book

 

2012 BEP 2.0 Allocations

 

2012 BEP Minimum Salary Schedule Teachers , Superintendent

 

BEP Committee Live Meeting & Conference Call
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 9:00 AM (CDT) wmv video file
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 1220.
Live meeting will be held at the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA)

 

BEP Committee Conference Call Agenda
Monday, October 1, 2012, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-5141 (Nashville Area) and 1-877-468-0082(Outside of Nashville Area) Password 1220

 

BEP Committee Conference Call Agenda
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-9817 Password 4640 (Nashville Area) and1-866-531-3926 Password 4640 (Outside of Nashville Area).

 

BEP Committee Conference Call Agenda
Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 9:00 AM (CDT)
615-532-9817 Password 4640 (Nashville Area) and1-866-531-3926 Password 4640 (Outside of Nashville Area).

 

 

Past BEP reports and actions are available below:

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2011

2011 Final BEP Report

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2010

Legislative Brief on the BEP
December 2010

2010 Final BEP Report

2010 BEP 2.0 Allocations
2010 Minimum Salary Schedule

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2009

November 1, 2009 Report
2009 Minimum Salary Schedule and BEP allocations
Minimum salary schedule
BEP Final Allocations

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2008

November 1, 2008 Report

2008 Appendices
A. Salary Disparity
B. Administrative and Instructional Technology
C. Senate Joint Resolution 1180 & BEP 2.0

Appendices

A. Salary Disparity
1. Total Teacher Compensation Methodology
2. Total Teacher Compensation Summary
3. PowerPoint Presentation
4. Salary Equity Analysis, Exhibits 1 - 9
5. Regional Disparity Methodology
6. Regional Disparity Summary
7. Regional Disparity Analysis
8. Regional Disparity, Regions Defined



B. BEP Administrative and Instructional Technology
1. Members of the sub-committee
2. Cost to reach U.S. instructional computer average
3. Cost of immediate priority recommendations
4. Extended priorities



C. Senate Joint Resolution 1180 & BEP 2.0
1. Local Budget Survey
2. Discussion Points
3. Fiscal Scenarios
4. Maintenance of Effort Options
5. Roll Call Vote
6. Maintenance of Effort Options Amendment


September 19, 2008 Committee Minutes

August 21, 2008 Committee Minutes

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2007

2007 BEP Review Committee Annual Report

2007 Total Teacher Compensation Analysis:
Total Teacher Compensation Analysis
Regional Salary Disparity Analysis

FY 2007 BEP Allocations

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2006

2006 BEP Review Committee Annual Report
2006 Report Summary (Presentation)

Oct. 23, 2006 Committee Minutes Minutes (FINAL)
Oct. 11, 2006 Committe Minutes Minutes (FINAL)
Sep. 28, 2006 Committee Minutes Minutes
Aug. 30, 2006 Commitee Minutes Minutes

Apr. 2006: BEP Resolution presented to the Board, with the approval of the commisioners of education and finance and administration. This resolution was presented to the legislature for approval.

Jan. 2006 Presentation to Select Oversight Committee

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2005

2005 BEP Review Committee Annual Report

October 17 , 2005 BEP Review Committee Meeting Minutes
September 16, 2005 BEP Review Committee Meeting Minutes
August 24 , 2005 BEP Review Committee Meeting Minutes
July 21, 2005, BEP Review Committee Meeting Minutes

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2004


2004 BEP Review Committee Annual Report 

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General Overview of the BEP

  • The funds generated by the BEP are what the state has defined as sufficient to provide a basic level of education for Tennessee students. This basic level of funding includes both a state share of the BEP and a local share of the BEP.
     
  • The BEP has three major categories (instruction, classroom, and non-classroom), each made up of separate components related to the basic needs of students, teachers, and administrators within a school system.
     
  • Student enrollment (average daily membership) is the primary driver of funds generated by the BEP.
     
  • There are 45 BEP components most of which are based on student enrollment (ADM). For example, students per teacher, assistant principals per school, or dollars per student for textbooks.
     
  • Unit cost adjustments (salary, health benefits, insurance) are essential to maintaining a similar level of funding from year to year, due to inflation. For example, in 2006 over 100 million new state dollars were required to maintain full funding of the BEP.
     
  • The funds generated by the BEP are divided into state and local shares for each of the three major categories (instructional, classroom, non-classroom).
     
  • The state and local share for each school system is based on an equalization formula that is applied to the BEP. This equalization formula is the primary factor in determining how much of the BEP is supported by the state vs. the local district.
     
  • The equalization formula is driven primarily by property values and sales tax, applied at a county level. For example, the state and local equalization shares for County System A would be the exact same state and local shares for City System A, within the same county.
     
  • All local school systems are free to raise additional education dollars beyond the funds generated by the BEP.