JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi House Democratic Caucus Press
Today a teacher bill passed the Education and Appropriations Committee which would become effective January 2015.
A teacher must meet 3 of 22 benchmarks in order to qualify for a pay increase. The bill calls for teachers to be compensated under a benchmark program that calls for such things as the teacher gaining membership in the Rotary, Kiwanis or other club's education committee. Specifically excluded by language in the bill is the teacher having membership in a teacher organization as a benchmark.
The pay increase calls for general fund revenue estimates to reflect a growth of three percent or more in July 2016. Teachers with less than 5 years' experience will be able to get automatic pay increases but will lose all 4 years of pay increases if they do not meet benchmarks in the sixth year. Teachers with more than 5 years' experience will have to meet benchmarks in order to get the pay increase after an initial $1,500 increase over two years. The most pay raise any teacher could attain is $4,250.00 by 2018.