Gov. Lee adds $1 billion boost for Tennessee education

Early this year Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee advocated to add $1 billion to Tennessee’s nearly $6 billion education budget.
According to Lee announced the proposed increase Monday night during his annual State of the State address, where he shared his 2022-23 priorities and the highlights of his proposed budget. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 is $52.6 billion, with 41 cents out of every dollar spent on education.

Some top lines for K-12 education include:

  • $32 million for charter school facility funding.

  • $125 million to increase teacher salaries.

  • $200 million to relocate public schools in flood plains, including schools in Shelby County.

  • $550 million in career and technical education grants.

  • $750 million toward additional education investments.

The money for the proposed raise for teachers received some of the loudest applause of the night.
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