Mississippi House members are backing efforts to raise teacher pay by about $4,250 over four years.
Representatives voted 86-26 Wednesday to pass House Bill 504. It goes to the Senate for more work.
Teachers would get a $1,500 raise over the next two years, and a projected raise of $2,750 over the following two years, assuming state revenues continue growing.
Teachers in their first five years would get raises automatically. Those with more than five years' experience would have to meet three of 22 criteria, ranging from certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to sponsoring a school club.
Democrats proposed an amendment to give a $5,000 raise immediately with no requirements for veteran teachers, but Republicans rejected that.