Mississippi Senate OKs raises for teachers

The Mississippi Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ plan to raise teacher pay and reward academic progress at schools, according to a release from Reeves' office.

Teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015 ($1,500 in July and 1,000 more in July of 2015). Salaries for beginning teachers would increase to $34,390 by July 2015 in what Reeves called an effort to keep Mississippi’s brightest teachers in the state.

This plan establishes the first true merit pay plan in Mississippi while making teacher starting pay competitive with surrounding states,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “The overwhelming support for this plan shows it addresses the concerns many educators had about pay discussions at the Capitol. I hope it can become law quickly, so teachers can see results by the start of the budget year in July.”

The plan heads to the House for concurrence.