Gov. Phil Bryant today signed a pay raise for all Mississippi public school teachers into law, according to press release from the governor's office. The raise is separate from local supplements that some districts offer and separate from stipends teachers can earn for certifications like National Board Certification. This is the first pay raise for all for all Mississippi teachers passed since 2007.
House Bill 504:
- provides a $1,500 raise for teachers in the 2014-2015 school year;
- provides a $1,000 raise for teachers in the 2015-2016 school year;
- establishes a statewide school recognition program to be implemented in the 2016-2017 school year; and
- requires the Legislature to adopt a pay plan for high-performing teachers in “C”, “D” and “F” schools by the third year.
“I am so thankful we are here today to reward and incentivize teachers who have been working tirelessly to better educate our children,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “Their job is one that doesn’t stay within the confines of 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. They are not only educators, but also counselors, therapists and emotional rocks for many of our children.