, Nashville Tennessean Published 6:52 a.m. CT June 27, 2019 | Updated 7:23 a.m. CT June 27, 2019

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A day after the city’s school board delayed approval of a final budget, top mayoral candidates debated whose vision would be the best in improving education for the city’s students.

Central to the conversation on Wednesday night was the funding of Metro Nashville Public Schools and its 85,000 students.

While Mayor David Briley defended his decisions this budget season and promised a longterm goal of boosting district funds, at-large Councilmember John Cooper frequently said the district funding needed to be closer to 50% of the city’s budget.

Rep. John Ray Clemmons countered

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