This is the School Board hearing. I have not yet watched it but I have read enough live tweets to know that the council does ask some hard questions. As soon as I have had a chance to watch it I will provide commentary. Since 44% of the 13% increase is slated to go to schools and since, should the council decide to deny the the school board their budget request, the school board has the option of calling a referendum to put their request to the people, this is the the budget to watch. Unless the Council is willing to stand up to the Public Schools, their is no hope of avoiding a tax increase.
Here is the City Paper's report of the MNPS council hearing: Register to Metro Council: Higher teacher pay would send 'clear message'