Jackson, Miss. A pay raise bill for Mississippi public school teachers became law Tuesday when it was signed by Gov. Phil Bryant.
It calls for teachers to get two across-the-board pay raises worth $2,500 and then be eligible for merit payments in 2016-2017.
The bill includes a $1,500 raise on July 1, and a $1,000 raise that would follow in the budget year beginning July 1, 2015.
The third year would give $100 per student to schools rating "A" on the state's A-to-F grading system, or to schools moving up a grade. Schools rated "B" would get $75 per student.
Money would go to merit payments split among all teachers and employees of a school, but administrators such as principals would be excluded.
The raise is separate from local supplements that some districts offer and separate from stipends teachers may earn for certifications like National Board Certification. This is the first pay raise for all for all Mississippi teachers passed since 2007.