March 2, 2021
Legislative Update | Pay Raise
Encouraging news from Jackson today: Despite the pay raise’s inclusion in the House’s massive tax proposal, a clean pay raise bill will live on past today’s deadline for legislation to make it out of the opposing chamber.
The Senate education and appropriations committees quickly passed HB 852 out of committee this afternoon to ensure a standalone teacher pay raise bill is still alive. Following a strike-all amendment, HB 852 will now contain the language from the Senate’s original standalone pay raise bill, SB 2001. That bill’s language sees teachers with 0-2 years experience receiving a $1,100 pay increase, bringing the minimum starting salary to $37,000. All other teachers and teacher assistants would receive a $1,000 pay increase.
We’re grateful for the lieutenant governor’s leadership and appreciative of Chairman DeBar and Chairman Hopson for, once again, passing a standalone bill out of their committees.
The bill will now head to the full Senate for consideration. More details on how the day unfolded here.