In the budget proposal, an estimated $4.5 million art tax would fund as many as 46 art teachers. The tax must be spent on art teachers in elementary schools.
Smith characterized the spending plan as a "pivotal moment" after years of decline. She also mentioned that in addition to focusing on the budget was largely focused on mitigating one-time funding losses, including a bailout deal from the city last year, expiring grants and federal sequestration cuts.
Smith said they also looked at strategic investments to help increase the graduation rate, as well as support early literacy and historically undeserved students.