Teacher Pay increase passed

Teachers in Mississippi are one step closer to an increase in pay.

On Thursday, the House Education Committee passed House Bill 1349 which proposes a $500 pay increase for teachers over each of the next two years. The pay increase would bump the starting salary of teachers with a bachelor’s degree from $34,390 to $35,390 starting July 1st, 2020.

Senator Philip Moran tells News 25 that while $1,000 is a start, he’d like to have the Senate work with the House to increase their pay beyond $1,000.”There’s a lot of good leadership there. Our chairman, Gray Tollison, Senator Gray Tollison and with Richard Bennett, representative there in the House, we’ll come together and I think we’ll have a good bill at the end.”

Even with the $1,000 increase, Mississippi teachers will be among the lowest paid in the country.

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