How Tennessee Can Spend $2 Billion to Improve Public Schools

The state has a huge surplus — it’s time to invest it

Andy Spears


Over at The Education Report I take a look at Tennessee’s giant revenue surplus and offer a proposal on how that money could be invested to benefit public schools and all of Tennessee.

Here are the basics:

20% raise for all teachers — $625 million

Free school breakfast and lunch for all students — $714 million

Investment in Pre-k — 3rd grade reading — $500 million

We can afford it, our students and communities deserve it.


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Originally published at on May 9, 2023.



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .