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Teacher pay raise amount finalized in committee according to MAE

The amount of a pay raise for teachers in MS has been finalized.

According to the MS Association of Educators l:

The conference committee report on SB 2770, the teacher pay raise bill, has finally been filed. After days of delay, after refusing to share who was on the committee, and after debating behind closed doors, the teacher pay raise has come in at $1500 over two years.

That raise would see teachers receive an extra $14.42 a week and $2.05 a day. To say we’re disappointed would be an understatement. While we continue to fight over scraps, meeting the Southeastern average keeps moving further out of our grasp. This pay raise won’t help us fight the teacher shortage crisis. It won’t help recruit a Mississippi student to the education field. It won’t prevent a veteran teacher from leaving the classroom to pursue a more lucrative career. It won’t keep us from losing Mississippi-trained educators to neighboring states where they’re paid a salary reflective of their worth, and it sure won’t help an educator afford to quit their second job.

We’re still fighting, and we aren’t backing down anytime soon.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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