Local teachers react to potential pay raise

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - State lawmakers approved a bill Thursday that would raise Mississippi teachers' pay by $1,500 over the course of two years. Local teachers said although it's more money, it's not enough.

"It's a start," said school librarian Debbie Fant. "It is not enough considering Mississippi teacher salaries are in the bottom five states in the nation."

Reading teacher, Alex Potter, said she hopes this pay raise will lead to more in the future.

"You have to start somewhere," Potter said. "Maybe this is a first step to going up to a higher raise."

Now that the House and Senate have approved the bill, it goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature or a veto. The bill could also become law without his signature.