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Nashville,TN: $2M more for school budget; "large portion" for paraprofessionals

June 22, 2018, Memphis, TN, NBC5: Portion of $2M given to MNPS will pay for raises for paraprofessionals Metro Nashville Public Schools was given an additional $2 million this week in this year's budget, and News4 has learned a large portion of it will go toward raises for paraprofessionals. Previously, MNPS Director Dr. Shawn Joseph said he would need an additional $1.3 million in order to give those raises. The News4 I-Team has learned part of that money will also go toward AP testing in the district. Last year, the News4 I-Team uncovered a shortage of paraprofessionals in the classroom. Because of that, students with special needs have not all been getting the attention they need while at school and dozens of vacancies for paraprofessionals remain. Paraprofessionals focus on making sure children with special needs get the attention they need. “It's a thankless job but they are so wonderful at what they do,” said Carolyn Shofner who has a 17-year-old daughter with special needs at Hillsboro High School…. And now she hopes this raise, which will be given to all 900 paraprofessionals will not only keep them but also hire new ones. The I-Team has been telling you for months how the district has had dozens of openings. Metro Council Member Russ Pulley fought for the extra cash. …

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