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Breaking Down the Budget: Literacy

image05869.JPG This week, we're breaking down the budget proposal for the 2018-2019 operating year. Metro Schools will focus on Our Students and Our People in the 2018-19 operating budget, with the majority of spending aimed at improving equity and excellence across the district.

Read more about the budget proposal here.

One area of the budget of significant importance is our investment in literacy.  The ability to read and write is a civil right for our students – and we know with strategic investments we can continue the march towards our goal: doubling the number of students reading on grade level by third grade by 2025.

“We have declared war on illiteracy in our district.” - Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools, State of Schools Address March 2018

For the second year in a row, Metro Nashville Public Schools will continue to make strategic investments in both resources and staff. Last year, we invested $18.5 million form our operating budget and additional dollars from grant funding in every tier of our organization – our classrooms, our schools, our leaders and our central office capacity.

With next year’s operating budget, we will continue strategic investments in both resources and staff through a comprehensive literacy plan and additional schools supports for literacy expectations.

As with last year, supporting our school staff will be a critical component of this work. Watch this video to learn more about how our Literacy Coaches support our teachers and students throughout the district.

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2018 State of Schools Address: Literacy from Metro Nashville Public Schools on Vimeo.

And we know we won’t do this work alone – the Nashville Public Education Foundation raised just over one million dollars for our literacy work this year and has committed to doing the same for our students next year. The entire Nashville community is rallying behind our students.

Through this community effort and with our dedicated and exceptional educators, we know we can work to ensure all students will have comprehensive literacy instruction from early childhood to graduation.