Lawmakers approve $1,500 teacher pay raise

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Mississippi lawmakers have given final approval for a $1,500 pay raise for teachers beginning July 1st.

The House voted 88-27 to approve changes to the pay schedule for teachers, sending it to Governor Phil Bryant for his approval or veto.

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Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison says the increase is expected to cost about $58 million, less than the $76 million previously estimated.

House and Senate negotiators reached the deal on Senate Bill 2770 on Wednesday. The Senate passed it with a vote of 46-2 this morning.