Jackson, Miss. ( Associated Press) — The Mississippi House acted swiftly on Wednesday to approve a bill that would increase teacher pay ahead of senators working on a different plan.
House would increase the bill from $4,000 to $6,000. The Senate has proposed an average increase of $4,700 over two years.
House Bill 530. The House voted 114-6 on Wednesday to pass With bipartisan support. The bill entails raising the starting salary to retain young teachers who might otherwise move to nearby states to earn more money.
“We are in competition with these other states for our teachers,” said House Education Committee Chairman Richard Bennett, a Republican from Long Beach. “The best and brightest are being pulled into these other states.”
It is unclear when the Senate will vote on its plan.
Two Republican-controlled chambers and Republican government Tate Reeves must agree on the same plan before teachers can see more money.
Mississippi has one of the lowest teacher salaries in the United States.
According to the Southern Regional Board of Education, the average teacher salary in Mississippi during the 2019-20 academic year was $46,843, This lagged behind the regional organization’s average of $55,205 for teachers in 16 states. The national average was $64,133.
According to the state Department of Education, the starting salary for a Mississippi teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $37,000 for the current school year., Teachers with advanced degrees and more experience are paid more.
Reeves has proposed giving teachers a $1,300 pay increase during the budget year beginning July 1, then a $1,000 increase for each of the next two years.
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