Hamilton County teachers, wearing green shirts and over-filling the county school board chambers, on Thursday night asked for a "substantial"pay raise.
Sandra Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said county teachers have not had an increase since 2008.
She told the board, "Our teachers need a raise."
Ms. Hughes said local teachers "are working harder at a job that is one of the 10 most stressful in the country."
She asked that the county pay "competitive wages."
Ms. Hughes said teacher expenses continue to go up, including the insurance item.
Board members made no comment after the presentation.
The board earlier approved the new budget.