Teachers voice concerns about budget issues at Knox County BOE

Teachers voice concerns about budget issues at Knox County BOE meeting

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"If you look at our budget, I think about 75 percent of our increase for this year, which is about a ten, twelve million dollar increase this year, about 85 percent of that I believe is going into the classrooms and teacher salaries," Doug Harris said. "If you look at our budget, I think about 75 percent of our increase for this year, which is about a ten, twelve million dollar increase this year, about 85 percent of that I believe is going into the classrooms and teacher salaries," Doug Harris said.
Wednesday's session was the BOE's first since word got out that the state was not coming through with pay raises for teachers. Wednesday's session was the BOE's first since word got out that the state was not coming through with pay raises for teachers.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Common Core standards and budget issues were a hot topic at the Knox County School Board's meeting on Wednesday, even if they weren't on the agenda.

Wednesday's session was the BOE's first since word got out that the state was not coming through with pay raises for teachers.

The Knox County BOE had presented their budget, which included a three percent raise, on Monday. That budget included funds from the state.

School board officials told 6 News that about a dozen teachers signed up to speak on Wednesday.

The meeting mainly focused on the 2014-2015 school calendar, along with some basic rules and regulations, according to school board member Doug Harris.

The agenda did not include any discussion on Common Core, teacher salaries, or the budget, but the issues were clearly on educator's minds.

"My concerns with the way the budget will be funded is that the money that is available will reach classrooms," Knox County teacher Rob Taylor said. "My concern is that taxpayer money is going to administrative functions in central office or being sent to for profit testing companies or outside consultants."

"If you look at our budget, I think about 75 percent of our increase for this year, which is about a ten, twelve million dollar increase this year, about 85 percent of that I believe is going into the classrooms and teacher salaries," Harris said.

The school board will meet to discuss the budget again on April 8th.

 

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