Proposed bonus for teachers scrubbed as Tennessee legislature passes pared-down budget

The Senate refused to go along with a House proposal to give teachers a $1,000 bonus in lieu of a raise that state officials have said Tennessee can no longer afford. 
By: | June 19, 2020

Tennessee teachers will receive neither a pay increase nor a bonus under a revised state budget approved early Friday by the legislature.

The Senate refused to go along with a House proposal to give teachers a $1,000 bonus in lieu of a raise that state officials have said Tennessee can no longer afford. The bonus idea, approved by representatives on Wednesday, received pushback because it offered no additional compensation to state employees, even though both groups had been in line for a pay hike this year.

Tennessee’s 147 school districts will be expected to do more with basically the same level of state funding as last year as they seek to restart classes in August.

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