The Mississippi Senate on Monday unanimously passed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ plan to raise teacher pay and reward academic progress at schools. Under the plan, current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015.
The plan also raises beginning teacher salaries in an attempt 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,” 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.”