Why Metro’s director of schools gives Nashville’s business community a B

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Nashville schools need more from the city’s business community, according to Shawn Joseph, Metro’s director of schools.

It’s been nearly two years since Joseph took the helm, and business leaders have anxiously watched his performance as they look to him to boost the performance of Nashville’s public schools.

This week, Joseph presented his second budget to Metro officials. At $924 million, it represents roughly half of the city’s operating budget, which Mayor David Briley will unveil in less than two weeks. Joseph is asking for a 5.1 percent increase from last year’s budget. However, he likely will have to make compromises as Briley and his team work through the city’s projected $25 million shortfall.

In an interview this week with the Nashville Business Journal, Joseph said that with a tight budget on his horizon, now is the time for the city’s business leaders to step up to help his team stay innovative.

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