Do Mississippi Teachers Deserve a Pay Raise?

Contributor: Jennifer Tubwell
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Updated: 10/14/2013 7:49 pm
The group is pushing for a blanket pay raise for the state's public school teachers, but Governor Phil Bryant is holding firm in his opposition, saying he only wants to give raises based on merit and that raises should be based on test scores and teacher evaluations. Joyce Helmick, the president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, says she believes lawmakers have enough money to fully fund the state's K through 12 education budget, and give teachers a raise if they choose. Mississippi teachers made the second lowest average salary in the nation in 2011 and 2012 at $41,646 a year. This is according to a study by the National Education Association.

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