As Metro Nashville Public Schools deals with a major budget shortfall, a new survey released Thursday morning shows a majority of Nashville residents support increasing school funding.
The citywide poll was conducted by Vanderbilt University, on behalf of the Nashville Public Education Foundation. It surveyed 500 registered voters by phone between January 31 and February 6,
It found 81 percent of Nashville residents want more funding for public schools. They want that extra money to be used toward increasing teacher pay, early literacy programs, and Pre-Kindergarten programs, among other ideas.
The Nashville Public Education Foundation said MNPS currently spends $9,788 per pupil, which is half of what is spent per child at private schools The survey found 74 percent of parents believe that current funding is too low.
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