Bright & Early: Tightening The Belt Edition

Good morning, Nashville. The Board of Education approved the 2011-12 budget for Metro Schools last night, which means it’s well on its way to Metro Council and Mayor for final approval. Thanks to some federal stimulus funds ending, they expect to suffer a net loss of 430 positions next year including 80-100 classroom teachers. Though the Board unanimously approved this budget, they’re acknowledging that changes will need to be made along the way. Specifically, Governor Haslam’s plan for 1.6% salary increases for teachers also creates an added challenge, as 1/3 of that money–about $5.7 million, in this case–must come from local funds.

Photo by Amy Nelson.