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State Representatives Shelia Butt and Michael Curcio, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 22, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Shelia Butt (R-Columbia), State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Maury County Schools has received district growth funding to support education initiatives in the county.

Specifically, Maury County Schools received $267,000.

This funding is a direct result of a Republican-led effort by Tennessee General Assembly members to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide $18 million to cover school district growth as part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

These significant investments will allow many of our state’s school districts with soaring populations to maintain proper student to teacher ratios so that they can continue offering quality education for our next generation of leaders.

“We are delighted to be able to make these funds available for the challenges that Maury County faces while our community is growing and our schools are positioning themselves to provide an excellent education for our young students,” said Representative Butt.

“In Tennessee, we have made a commitment to improving our schools, and if you look at the numbers, it is paying off. Investing additional funds to provide for our growing school districts is critical in the continued fight to improve education in Tennessee,” said Representative Curcio.

This funding has been so well received by parents, education officials, and teachers that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam added another $18 million in growth funds to his proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Sheila Butt serves as a member of the House Health Committee; she is also a member of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee and Subcommittee. Butt lives in Columbia and represents House District 64, which includes part of Maury County. She can be reached by email at Rep.Sheila.Butt@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3005.

Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Michael.Curcio@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3513.

Representative Sheila Butt Appointed To U.S. Constitution Planning Convention By Speaker Harwell

July 11, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today appointed State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) as one of four Tennessee delegates to the U.S. Constitution Article V Planning Convention.

The convention will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on September 12, 2017. Attendees will plan for and recommend rules and procedures to the prospective convention for proposing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They will also make recommendations to Congress to help determine a date and a location for a convention where this amendment proposal will be made.

The current U.S. National Debt stands at more than $19 trillion. During the 2014 legislative session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 548. It calls for states to convene in an effort to propose a balanced budget amendment pursuant to Article V of the Constitution. In recent years, 27 other states have joined Tennessee in enacting resolutions designed to reign in reckless spending by the federal government. Additionally, six other states are expected to embrace similar initiatives during the 2018 legislative session.

“It is time for Washington to learn how to operate in a fiscally responsible way,” said Representative Butt. “This planning convention will enable states to take the lead in holding our federal government accountable while getting our nation’s spending back under control.”

“Every year, one of the most difficult tasks we address in the General Assembly is balancing our state’s budget, which we are required to do under the Constitution of Tennessee,” said Speaker Harwell. “We believe that Washington needs to be held to this same standard. I look forward to working with Representative Butt and our other delegates in order to make that happen.”

The last national convention of states was called in 1861.

Sheila Butt serves as a member of the House Health Committee; she is also a member of the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee and Subcommittee. Butt lives in Columbia and represents House District 64, which includes part of Maury County. She can be reached by email at Rep.Sheila.Butt@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3005.

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