Tuesday, the MS House of Representatives adopted the conference report on House Bill 504 (HB504) providing for a teacher pay raise by a vote of 117-2. The bill heads to Governor Bryant’s desk.
“House Republicans have been focused on providing hard-working teachers a pay raise,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “We have gone back and forth with the Senate to work out the details on this greatly needed relief for our teachers. It has taken a lot of hard work, but I am proud to say we have accomplished our goal.”
Teacher Pay Raise details:
·$1,500 starting July 1st, 2014.
·$1,000 starting July 1st, 2015.
·A merit-based pay system for teachers in the third year for “A” and “B” schools or any school that improves one letter grade in a year.
·The legislature shall develop a pay plan for high-performing teachers in “C”, “D” and “F” schools by the third year.
·Money must be spent on teacher salaries and cannot go toward equipment.