No Pay Cut for Education Employees

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Top lawmakers say teachers, bus drivers and other Mississippi school employees won't face a reduced paycheck in August.

Those leaders say they'll offer a bill fixing a problem that resulted from the Legislature's mandate that public schools open later in August.

Employees are typically paid in equal monthly installments though they work fewer than 12 months a year.

But recent attorney general's opinions say it's against the state Constitution to pay public employees for work not yet performed.

Districts could pay a full amount when schools started earlier in August. But a 2012 law says schools can't start before Aug. 18 in 2014.

That means employees won't work enough to earn a full paycheck in August. Some education leaders say they're concerned employees could see a cash crunch.