Budget cuts could eliminate Tennessee school software tool

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said he’s going to make sure money stays in the classrooms, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be sacrifices, reports WSMV-TV — and one possible cut could eliminate a very important software tool that 108 school districts use, called the Star System. The software package manages attendance, schedules, and discipline and is the way school districts report to the state. The state education department said if the governor cuts funding for this initiative, the state would no longer pay for the software, leaving districts to find their own funding or pay for a state contract. Several Tennessee school districts have their own software for taking attendance and tracking grades, including Metro Nashville schools and Williamson and Wilson county schools. However, all districts use the software for special education reporting. The state is hoping to divert some federal dollars to pay for that. It’s up to the governor and the state legislature to decide which of these programs will be cut and which could be saved…

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