Teacher pay raise plan heads to Mississippi House

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A $1,000 pay raise for Mississippi teachers is heading for debate in the state House.

The proposal is in Senate Bill 2770, which cleared the House Education Committee on Monday and the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

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Senators had proposed paying $500 a year for two years in the form of an annual bonus. The Education Committee changed the bill to distribute the raise evenly across all paychecks.

The bill would also boost the long-frozen salaries of assistant teachers from $12,500 to $13,500 over the same two years.

The total package is projected to cost more than $100 million over two years, but some teachers and lawmakers say it’s paltry.



Education Committee Chairman Richard Bennett says lawmakers could decide on a different amount during final budget talks in late March.