House, Senate File Teacher Pay Agreement

Jackson, Miss.

Senate and House negotiators Monday filed a teacher pay plan that officials say raises teacher pay and starting pay and rewards academic progress at schools.

According to a news release, under the plan current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 pay raise by July 2015.

The conference report will go to the full Senate and House for a vote this week.

“I appreciate the hard work by Chairman Moore and Chairman Tollison to invest in the classroom and implement the first true merit pay program in Mississippi,” said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. “I agree with Speaker Gunn on the importance of rewarding Mississippi teachers for their dedication to educating children and appreciate his leadership on this issue.”

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