Project Nashville: Why are teachers without books in the ‘IT city’?

Project Nashville: Why are teachers without books in the ‘IT city’?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — How come at a time when tourism dollars are raining down in Music City do Nashville’s teachers not have books?

FOX 17 News investigated, and made a startling discovery.

Sherrie Martin has been teaching for nearly a quarter of a century. Most of those years, she had books, but not anymore.

“This year, we ran out of books, so, we had to make paper copies,” Martin said. “When we started last year, every teacher didn’t have a copy. Teachers were scrambling around going on Amazon trying to buy our own copies.”

The Nashville elementary school teacher at Neely’s Bend in Madison doesn’t feel books are too much to ask for in the “IT City.”

“How expensive can these paperback books be that they can not put one paperback book in each child’s hand?” Martin asks.

Nashville is a city visited by 15.2 million tourists who spend $6.5 billion when they come to Nashville. Martin showed the price of one of her books to FOX 17 News. It was $6.99. She compares it to Bridgestone not giving employees the rubber to make the tires. She says she doesn’t feel students are being put first.

Councilman John Cooper agrees. He says the deal on Nashville’s tourism dollars was carefully crafted to make it hard to fix now.

It’s why Cooper is leading a ‘budget scrubbing’ group looking for more solutions to a complicated, legal, web of agreements. Agreements like the Tourism Development Zone map which diverted tax dollars from the Cumberland River to I-440 and all the tourist dollars away from police, fire, public works and teachers and siphon it back here to the Music City Center to fund more tourism.