Teacher pay bill goes to full Senate

Source: AP

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi legislators are pushing a plan to pay the full cost for this year's teacher pay raise.

The $1,500-per-person raise was approved during the 2019 session. But, officials later discovered a bureaucratic error.

Too few teachers were counted as the state budget was written. That meant that too little money was initially set aside.

A bill will cover the shortfall of more than $18 million. It passed the full House last week. It passed the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday and goes to the full Senate.

The budget year ends June 30. Teachers have not missed any pay.