Walker County, GA: 14.5 SPED teachers to be hired

July 16, 2017, Chattanooga Times Free Press: Walker County Schools boosting instruction funding 7 percent The Walker County, Ga., Board of Education will meet Monday night to review this year's budget, highlighted by a boost in funding for teachers. Compared to 2016-17, the budget will add an extra $4 million for instruction, a 7 percent increase. Phyllis Copeland, the system's director of financial services, said the boost is highlighted by an addition of 30 teachers and "support personnel." Superintendent Damon Raines said the school will add 14.5 special education teachers, 11.5 elementary school teachers, three middle school teachers and one guidance counselor.