"We'll be able to do it," Sequatchie County Schools Director Johnny Cordell said.
"They have to come up with a lot more money to match [in Hamilton County].
For every [state] dollar, I'd have to come up with 20 cents."
Rural counties don't have to contribute as much, since they don't have the tax bases that large, metropolitan counties do.
"It's tough for rural systems that have no income," Cordell
"We don't have large shopping malls and that sort of thing."
said it wouldn't be necessary to raise taxes in Sequatchie County
to match state funds for teacher raises.
, who's run Sequatchie County Schools
for two decades, said Tennessee ranks near the very bottom of the list of states when it comes to funding schools.
"They just need to step up to the plate and fund education in Tennessee more than it is now," he
could see the four big school districts pursuing a lawsuit against the state.
"The rural [school] systems sued three times and won three times, so it wouldn't surprise me," he