Knoxville’s League of Women Voters advocates for more education funding

The League of Women Voters in Knoxville called on lawmakers to increase education funding.
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 6:37 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The League of Women Voters in Knoxville called on lawmakers to increase education funding.

They want the best salaries for teachers and funds to support students’ academic, emotional and social needs.

According to the American School Counselor Association across all schools in the U.S., on average one in five students does not have access to a school counselor.

The League of Women Voters supports the ASCA in advocating for state governments to maintain a ratio of 250 students per school counselor.

The league also wanted to see an increase in school nurses and psychologists to help students succeed.

During the pandemic, teachers have made sacrifices to teach in person, or developed a new system to teach kids virtually, or do both.

“So we’re putting a lot of stress on teachers, so we need to do what we can to help them out,” said Kathryn King, A spokesperson for League of Women Voters of Knoxville.

Tennessee ranked 43 out of 50 states when it came to the state government allocating funds for public education, according to the Education Law Center, “Making the Grade,” 2019 report.

“It’s something that the league feels strongly about. An educated electorate is a better electorate. And educated students are better citizens. So it’s very important to give our students the best education we can afford,” said King.

In the 2018-2019 school year school districts across the state spent on average $9,619 per student.

“We’ve got to make a serious investments, in social workers, school counselors, in teaching positions,” said Gloria Johnson, Tenn. House of Representatives (D) member.

During Governor Bill Lee’s special session in January, he added summer programs to help combat learning loss, phonics and grammar programs and passed legislation to increase the salary portion of the education funding formula by two percent.

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