Good morning, Nashville. Yesterday we heard the news that Tennessee would be raking in $500 million of new stimulus money to give a much-needed boost to the state’s struggling school systems. But how much is in it for Metro? Initial estimates are $24 million, and the catch is that none of the funds can be used to cover the operating budget. Metro hopes to focus on using the funds to attract and retain good teachers in addition to beefing up math and science programs.
- Keeping it clear. The Music City Center website will now be updated quarterly with new information about the progress being made on the project as well as a breakdown of the budget in the interest of transparency.
- It’s raining. The Tennessee Finance Commissioner is currently predicting a $75 million budget shortfall for next year and we will probably have to dig into the state’s rainy day fund to cover it.
- Bits & pieces. Lots of new vaccine requirements for school kids next year … The legislative session will probably run through May this year and Speaker of the House Kent Williams blames a bunch of useless legislation … New day, new racist email on a State computer.
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