- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee’s Achievement School District will have to make do with less money next year unless it finds a new source of funding.

WPLN-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1CrgbLw) the agency charged with turning around Tennessee’s lowest performing schools was formed in 2010 with grant money from the federal Race to the Top program.

Like other districts, the ASD gets state funding based on enrollment. But until now, the district has also had the grant money, and that is what it has used to run its 30-employee central office.

All that money will be gone next year.

District superintendent Chris Barbic says he plans to use only about two or three percent of the state money to run the office. But that still means the individual schools will have less.

He said schools operate with autonomy, but still need some administration.

“It does require a central office. But it requires a much smaller district office,” Barbic says. “I think if you were talking to any superintendent in the state or country, making this work on the public dollar is a challenge. There’s no question about that. What we’ve tried to do is be as efficient as we possibly can.”

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Information from: WPLN-FM, http://www.wpln.org/

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