NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nearly two weeks after marching through downtown, Metro teachers gathered again at Wednesday night’s budget hearing.
“We will be here at everyone,” said teacher Amanda Kail. “We are not going away.”
“We want to see our schools fully funded,” said teacher Erin Hunt. “We are here till the end.”
School board members presented their budget to Metro Council Members for the second time and last time.
The money would give teachers a ten percent raise along with funding for more textbooks and raises for school bus drivers.
Teachers say Mayor Briley’s proposed three percent raise isn’t enough.
“My husband and I are both teachers,” Hunt said. “We both work second jobs to make ends meet while being full time in school. Every day is a struggle.”
It’s a struggle Council Member Anthony Davis says could be lessened by a property tax hike of 52.5%.
The increase would give Metro schools an extra $55 million.
“We just don’t have the funds we need to support the school district, that’s why we’re looking at this mild rate adjustment,” said Davis who represents District 7.
Davis asked the board if any other cuts could be made.
“Have you dug deeper? Do you think you could come up with a few million anywhere in savings” Davis asked the board during the hearing.
Council members will vote on the budget in late June. Until then, teachers say they’ll be at every turn.
“If they want “it city” schools, they have to be funded,” Kail said.