Miss. Senate unanimously approves raise in teacher salaries

Source: AP

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Senate unanimously approved a teacher pay raise bill Wednesday, raising teacher pay by $1,000.

New teachers with a bachelor’s degree and other qualifications would receive a $1,110 increase, raising starting teacher pay in the state to at least $37,000 a year.

Earlier this month, Gov. Tate Reeves recommended a $1,500 salary bump for teachers during the coming school year, more than the $500 proposed by the Senate.

“All members came together today in an effort to continue to show our public educators they have our support and, most importantly, our respect,” Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said.

Senate Bill 2001 now moves to the House for consideration.

Sen. Dennis DeBar said the Senate plans to meet this summer to study other states and better implement a multi-year raise for the remaining three years of this term.

To track Senate Bill 2001’s progress, click the attached link to the right.