"We said we'd push more responsibility down to the local level," Green said, "and you can't do that if they don't have some control."
He also said it's important to focus on two key pieces of the proposal: the extent and definition of "flexibility" and the emphasis on "up to" 10 percent.
"We have to be really careful about how we package that," he said.
Campbell said that if the changes were approved, the education department would oversee counties' requests for reallocation of funding, and that the recommended 10 percent figure could very well change.
"There has to be a limit," Campbell said, "but what that limit is still needs to be determined."
Board member Bill White called the proposal "quite bold" but said he supports it.
"To be quite honest with you, you are going to get some pushback," White said. "I support what's happening here. I think it's great. But even in corporate America, that's one of those issues we deal with -- how people deal with people when it comes to funding, and a lot of times, they become top-heavy."
Campbell said he and his committee are aware of possible pushback.
"They are bold, and I realize that exactly what the commission proposed probably isn't going to happen, but let's look at these things," he said. "This is a heavy discussion, and rather than wait for it to start and hope for any success in the next year or two, you need to start it as soon as you can. It's not an easy thing to do. I wouldn't wait."
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