Teachers Afraid Pay Raise Will Be A One-Time Bonus

Greg Kelly has been a teacher for eight years. Kelly said he's disheartened to learn some teachers have to sign waivers acknowledging this year's pay raise is not a pledge for next year.

"After eight years of teaching, I can't tell you how disappointed I am about the commitment the legislature is making to teachers," Kelly said. "It's no comm

During the last legislative session, lawmakers set aside a lump sum of money to pay for the raises. They did it that way instead of changing the salary schedule in state law.

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said the raises should be permanent, not a supplement.

"That means because of legislative actions, teachers are not guaranteed a pay raise in the future," Gov. Musgrove said. "The legislature has played games with our teachers. They've played games with our children.

But the governor's reaction to the pay plan is drawing mixed reviews from other government officials.

"Quite frankly I don't understand where the governor is coming from," Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck said. "One thing for sure is we will fund the $23 million for the teacher pay raise. They will get their pay raise. Everybody knows that. The governor knows that."

But Kelly said he's afraid the waivers mean the pay raises will only be a one time bonus, and once again teacher salaries won't reach the southeastern average.

"There's no professional field that I know of that an employer is going to tell you we might give you a pay raise, then again, in five years we might