The Memphis City Council must decide whether to pass next year's school budget. The plan was delivered to council members on Tuesday. One problem is that the proposed budget includes a 33 million dollar deficit.
The school board passed the 2003-04 plan at it's meeting Monday night. The board estimates more money is needed for next year than is coming in. But board members say this process is routine, and compare it to buying a house.
"You ask for the highest price you can possilby can get, and the person buying asks for the lowest price they can get...so there's always a negotiation that goes on," says Deni Hirsh, Memphis City School Board member.