March 10, 2019

Legislative Update | House Passes Teacher Pay Raise Bill

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The teacher pay raise bill, SB 2770, will make its way to the House floor this week and we are ready for it.

Thanks to the calls you’ve made to legislators, the #RedForEdMS you and your colleagues have proudly worn, and the work you’ve done to ensure lawmakers know our goals for public educators in the state, you’ve made it clear we know we deserve better and that we aren’t planning to back down anytime soon.

Meanwhile, in Jackson, our team has met with Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, House Education Committee Chairman Richard Bennett, House Education Committee Vice Chairman Rob Roberson, and HB 1349 author Chairman Charles Busby.

We’ve made our position clear: In order to combat the teacher shortage crisis in earnest, ensure every Mississippi classroom is equipped with a highly qualified educator, and pay our teachers a salary reflective of their value, we need to take bold steps.

We’re asking for an immediate $2500 pay raise and a recalibration of the salary schedule. Instead of a static increase during all of a teacher’s years of service, we’re asking for a 2% increase in salary in years 0-24 of experience and a 5% increase in years 25-35. This adjustment to the salary schedule will raise our base salary to $36,890 and help us make major strides in reaching the Southeastern average.

So, what now? Well, we keep the pressure on legislators. We keep lighting up the Capitol switchboard, reaching out to legislators on social media, wearing #RedForEdMS and sharing those photos. We ensure that everyone knows Mississippi teachers and students can’t withstand another election-year-timed symbolic gesture.

Use your teacher voice and stand strong.

In solidarity,