JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Education announced Wednesday that it is working with school districts in the state to verify the number of MAEP-funded teachers and teacher assistants to update the cost of the teacher pay raise.
Once completed, MDE expects to provide the information to lawmakers and work to obtain more money for the pay increase.
“Let me be clear, all teachers and teacher assistants will receive their well-deserved pay raise,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “State-funded teachers will receive their raise with state funds. Federally funded teachers will receive their raise with their district’s federal funds.”
The count of teachers is expected to be finalized by mid-May, according to MDE.
MDE said districts will be allocated money through current appropriations to cover monthly costs of the pay increase until legislatures approve a deficit appropriation in January to cover the full cost.
The number of state-funded teachers for the pay increase was initially determined based on funding code in the Mississippi Student Information System. MDE later learned that there were additional state-funded teaching positions that were not accounted for by MSIS.