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Metro Schools seeking additional $77M, raise for teachers next year

Posted at 6:29 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 19:53:31-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Public Schools shared its budget request with Mayor David Briley.

The Board of Education presented their budget proposal Wednesday morning – which includes an additional $77 million and a 10% raise for teachers.

The proposed budget for next year is about $963 million. It also includes more human resources positions and adding more programs that will cater to behavioral needs and social-emotional learning.

While most teachers will be in class this morning, supporters are expected to show up. One group, Red for Ed, have been protesting over the past few weeks as they campaign for fully-funded schools.

Right now, the school district is understaffed and many teachers are leaving because of low pay.

Currently, Metro Schools has more than 220 classrooms without a permanent teacher. School leaders are hoping they can draw more educators if this budget gets the green light from the Mayor's Office.