Local school officials react to teacher pay raise error

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LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - With recent raises of some Mississippi teachers in jeopardy, because of a calculating mistake, educators say lawmakers need to fix the problem.

The State Department of Education realized the mistake, but only after the legislative session ended. The department only included teachers who were paid through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, but not every teacher falls in that category. That means a lot of teachers were left out of the calculation for a raise.

Newscenter 11 spoke to local school officials about how much this will affect their school district.

"We look pretty good on a fund balance and so other districts may not be so fortunate. But we feel like we’re in a position now that we’ll be able to sustain it until it’s corrected by MDE and the legislature,” says John-Mark Cain, superintendent for the Lauderdale County School District.

The $1,500 teacher pay raise was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant last week.