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Mississippi House Members Vote For Teacher Pay Raise

House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, explains elements of the Teacher Pay Raise legislation to House Appropriations Committee members including Becky Currie, R-Brookhavan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Lawmakers were facing a deadline for their committees to report general bills originating in their own chamber. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, explains elements of the Teacher Pay Raise legislation to House Appropriations Committee members including Becky Currie, R-Brookhavan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Lawmakers were facing a deadline for their committees to report general bills originating in their own chamber. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Wednesday, Republicans were able to push their proposal to increase teacher salaries by approximately $4,250 over four years through the Mississippi House.

Under the plan that passed, assuming that State revenues continue growing at 3 percent per year, teachers would get a $1,500 raise over the next two years and a projected raise of $2,750 over the following two years. Teachers who are in their first five years will automatically receive the raise while those with more than five years of experience must meet at least three of 22 criteria. The criteria includes a variety of options, from obtaining certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to sponsoring a school club.

According to a survey by the National Education Association, Mississippi had the second lowest teacher pay in the nation.

Source: Gulf Live

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