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Haslam to meet with school districts about funding formula

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to meet with representatives of the school districts in Tennessee's four largest cities to discuss their grievances about state funding.

The Republican governor is hoping to avert a lawsuit seeking to direct more funding to urban areas. The meeting was scheduled for Monday. Haslam's spokesman didn't respond to requests for details about it.

Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville have argued that the state's funding formula is not adequately funded, and they're considering litigation against the state.

Haslam appointed a task force last year to study the funding formula.

Last month, the governor announced in his State of the State address that he's putting $44 million into the Basic Education Program.

The program hasn't been fully funded since it was overhauled about eight years ago under then-Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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