House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a teacher pay raise - - Jackson, MS

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a teacher pay raise

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

House and Senate negotiators filed a teacher pay plan Monday that raises teacher pay and starting pay and rewards academic progress at schools. Under the plan, current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015.

The conference report on House Bill 504 will be considered by the Senate and House this week.

The plan includes:

  • Raising starting pay to $34,390 by July 2015
  • Increasing the salary scale by $1,500 in July 2014 and $1,000 in July 2015
  • Rewarding teachers at schools that show academic improvement each year under the School Recognition Program implemented in Fiscal Year 2017.  

Under the plan, Mississippi's starting pay would be $34,390 by July 2015, more than the current salary $30,900. Beginning pay increases to $33,390 in July before rising again a year later. A higher starting pay combined with local salary supplements provided by most school districts could result in some teachers earning about $40,000 in their first year of teaching.

The School Recognition Program could reward teachers with additional stipends of as much as $2,000 in an academic year. The program rewards teachers and staff in schools that see academic improvement by moving up the school rating ladder.

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