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VOL. 40 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 7, 2016

Report: More money doesn't exactly mean raises for teachers

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NASHVILLE (AP) — A new report sheds lights on the millions of additional dollars announced earlier this year by the state for teacher salaries in Tennessee.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2cWGWx2), the state Comptroller of the Treasury report explains that when Gov. Bill Haslam said in his State of the State address that he was putting $105 million into the Basic Education Program for teacher salaries, it didn't necessarily mean raises for educators statewide.

That's because the report says local school districts get to decide how to spend that money on positions, whether it be through employee raises or on hiring new staff.

The report states that because the BEP is a formula for funding education, rather than a spending plan, increases in BEP dollars don't necessarily mean larger paychecks for every teacher.

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