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Teacher pay raise passes Mississippi House

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A house bill to give Mississippi teachers a $4,250 pay raise over 4 years has cleared it's first hurdle. HB 504 passed the house 85-26 Wednesday afternoon.

The bill, supported by Speaker Philip Gunn and house republicans, would give teachers in their first five years automatic raises, while those with more than five years' experience would have to meet three of 22 criteria, ranging from certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to sponsoring a school club.

The total plan would increase spending on teacher pay statewide by about $180 million over four years.

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