The multi-million dollar budget for Metro Nashville Public Schools is now heading to the mayor and Metro Council for a hearing.

On Monday night, the Board of Education voted to approve the operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

One of the changes included in the proposal is cutting a literacy program dedicated to students who are behind in reading.

An external review found the program, named Reading Recovery, was not effective long-term. Students reportedly showed improvement right away but did not retain the information.

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The district says they want to incorporate the teachers from that program into their schools. Those who accept positions in grades K-2 within one of the 21 high-priority schools in the district will receive a $2,500 stipend.

The MNPS operating budget also includes a 2.5 percent cost of living increase for all employees.

According to the school district, administrators will also restore the seven social work positions that were initially proposed for repurposing. These positions will now focus on supporting schools in dealing with trauma.

The budget hearing with Mayor David Briley and the Metro Council will be held Wednesday.

Click here to read more about the proposed operating budget.

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