2018-2019 Operating Budget Approved

After many weeks of public discussion and an unprecedented level of public engagement, tonight the Board of Education voted to keep moving Metro Nashville Public Schools forward and passed the 2018-2019 operating budget, improving excellence across the district.

While the overall budget amount remains unchanged, tonight’s version of the budget included significant changes in allocations.  

What’s Changing?


  • The latest version of the budget proposal includes a new implementation strategy for Reading Recovery, which decentralizes funding and gives schools the option of including Reading Recovery in their budgets.
  • Literacy, more specifically early grades literacy, will continue to be our main priority. A recent evaluation from an external review shows us that while Reading Recovery students out-perform their peers after immediately leaving the program, those gains dissipate over time. These teachers will show that high-quality teachers can get results.
  • We believe Reading Recovery teachers are among the most highly-skilled teachers in the district and we need their talent and expertise focused on early literacy instruction in kindergarten, first and second grade.
  • These 85 full-time employees and one part-time employee will be guaranteed a position to teach in any of our schools, with an additional $2,500 stipend for teachers who take their talents to grades K-2 in a high priority school.

Employee Compensation

  • The original two-percent cost of living increase is now a 2.5-percent cost of living increase for all employees in the latest budget proposal.

Social and Emotional Learning

  • This budget proposal reinstates seven social workers who will provide trauma-informed support.

Other Investments

 This year’s operating budget proposal includes investments into resources to address the many needs our students bring with them to the classroom, as well as an investment in our 11,000 employees who support the work of our district every day.

Our budget priorities reflected in the 2018-19 operating budget include:

Metro Schools’ leadership team and the Board of Education will meet with Mayor Briley and the Metro Council for a budget hearing Wednesday, April 18.