Lawmakers approve $1,500 teacher pay raise
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.
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.