Teacher pay raise bill passes
Mississippi legislators are making their opening bid on an increase in teacher pay.
The House Education Committee passed House Bill 1349 which proposes $500 increases in teacher salaries for each of the next two years.
It would also boost the long-frozen salaries of assistant teachers from $12,500 to $13,500 over the same two year period.
The bill also includes proposals to alleviate a shortage of Mississippi teachers. One part of the plan would allow retired teachers to return to work at a somewhat lower salary while still drawing state pensions.
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