The Hamilton County Commission last night removed a proposed 34 cent property tax increase that would have funded a school budget that included raises for teachers and hiring additional school counselors.
Here’s more on what the proposed budget would have provided to Hamilton County Schools:
The Hamilton County School Board put their stamp of approval on next year’s budget Thursday. That includes $34 million more than the 2019 budget. It would increase teacher pay and add more counselors to schools. It would also boost inclusion time for special needs students.
The move in Hamilton County follows a similar property tax increase rejection in Davidson County (Nashville). The financial strains in both Chattanooga and Nashville are indicative of the failing state school funding formula (BEP). By some estimates, the state underfunds the BEP by at least $500 million each year.
There’s currently a lawsuit pending challenging the adequacy of state funding for schools.
It’s also worth noting that the General Assembly passed a voucher plan this year that will mean less money available to fund school districts across the state.
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