Residents in the area likely heard about the dozens of teachers that participated in a districtwide “sick-out” throughout the month of May, during which teachers used sick days to protest what they believe are low pay levels and inadequate cost-of-living raises.
Nashville Mayor David Briley announced during his April 30 State of the Metro address he has proposed a 3% cost-of-living raise for Metro Nashville Public Schools teachers for the fiscal year 2019-20 budget.
However, teachers have spoken during MNPS board meetings over the past few months arguing the 3% is not enough to keep up with the cost of living in the area. Additionally, there are concerns over how the district can keep up with area competition for teachers. To this end, MNPS has proposed a 10% increase for teachers, which would be the first increase in two years. Their proposal has been submitted for Metro Nashville Council approval.
The Metro Nashville Council is expected to approve its final FY 2019-20 budget in late June.