With a 114-6 vote, the Mississippi House of Representatives has passed a major increase in teacher pay.
The “START Act of 2022” will alter the starting pay for teachers in Mississippi from $37,000 to $43,125, exceeding both the regional and national averages.
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee responded to the Senate’s teacher pay proposal with one of its own that will increase all teachers from $4,000 to $6,000 per year. The House committee’s proposal also provides a $2,000 raise for teacher assistants, something that was not included in the Senate’s proposal.
One day later and members of the House voted to pass their $219 million plan.
“This $219 million investment in our teachers will give every MS teacher & asst. teacher a substantial raise, giving us the highest starting teacher pay in the Southeast & putting us ahead of the national starting average,” Representative Kent McCarty wrote on Twitter.
The bill will now head to the Senate for their consideration.
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