Reeves, Tollison pitch teacher pay raise

Here is Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves take -- via press release -- on the teacher pay raise he unveiled today:


Current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay over the next 16 months while starting salaries would rise significantly under a plan presented today by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison. The proposal also includes a stipend to reward teachers for academic improvement at schools. 

“The Senate’s plan for teachers makes Mississippi competitive in keeping the best and brightest teachers here and rewards those teachers who see results in the classroom,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “This pay raise combined with statutory annual pay increases will place an additional $3,500 in teachers’ paychecks by July 2015.”

The plan includes:

·          Raising starting pay to $34,390 by July 2015,

·          Increasing the salary scale by $1,500 in July 2014 and $1,000 in July 2015, and

·          Rewarding teachers at schools that show academic improvement each year under the School Recognition Program implemented in Fiscal Year 2017.

The House plan only guarantees teachers a $1,500 raise by July 2016 if those with five or more years of experience meet certain benchmarks.