Mayor John Cooper announces funds available for Metro Nashville Public Schools teacher raises

The Metro Nashville Public Schools headquarters is located in Berry Hill at 2601 Bransford Ave., Nashville.
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The Metro Nashville Public Schools headquarters is located in Berry Hill at 2601 Bransford Ave., Nashville. Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper

The Metro Nashville Public Schools headquarters is located in Berry Hill at 2601 Bransford Ave., Nashville. Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper

Mayor John Cooper announced Nov. 26 his plan to give Metro Nashville Public Schools teachers a 3% cost-of-living raise beginning in January, seeing through a commitment made in July by former mayor David Briley.

According to Cooper, the majority of the $7.5 million in funding needed for the raises will be sourced from the school district’s fund balance, while the remaining $2.5 million will come from the Metro Development and Housing Agency.

Cooper was joined at the press conference by MNPS interim Director Adrienne Battle; school board Chair Anna Shepherd; and Delishia Porterfield, Metro Nashville Council Education Committee chair.

"Nashville’s teachers are our most important resource when it comes to public education, and we’re keeping an important promise made to our hard-working educators," Cooper said in a news release.

On Nov. 12, Cooper announced a new study on teacher compensation at Metro Nashville Public Schools. The study, which is expected to be finished in February, will provide guidance for the upcoming budget process for fiscal year 2020-21, Cooper said. It will also highlight teacher attraction and retention challenges at MNPS.


"We still have work to do in understanding how to better attract and retain teachers in our school system," Cooper said in the release. "I look forward to the results of the expert compensation study currently underway that will help us identify long-term solutions for improving teacher compensation."


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