A Knoxville Republican lawmaker wants to amend Tennessee’s constitution, making it clear that the General Assembly is in control of funding for public education. Rep. Bill Dunn says his action is also designed to thwart so—called “activist” judges who might seek to direct the state’s public education funding policy. Dunn’s amendment process would take several years and would ultimately go to a statewide referendum. Coffee, Marion and Grundy Counties have joined other school systems across the state in a court challenge over funding of public education. The suit claims the state is violating the constitution by not fully funding the cost of K-12 education.