Administrative error causes some teaching positions to be left out of initial teacher pay raise

Updated: Apr. 24, 2019 at 4:03 PM CDT
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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Concerns are coming to light Wednesday that some teachers in Mississippi will not be included in the $1,500 teacher pay raise recently signed into law.

The Mississippi Department of Education released a statement saying it has received multiple calls from superintendents reporting that some teaching positions were not included in their allocation for the pay raise.

“The MDE calculated the number of positions based on the code in the Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) that referenced MAEP-only funded teachers and teacher assistants. Upon further review, it was determined there were additional teachers who were eligible for the raise who were not coded in MSIS as MAEP-funded positions.”

However, State Rep. Scott DeLano told WLOX News no teachers will lose out on their pay raise.

DeLano said lawmakers will have to pass a deficit spending bill in January to make up the difference, but he said the state’s education department has enough funding to pay all the teachers the raise until that money is approved.

A previous version of the teacher pay raise bill only allowed for a $1,000 pay raise.

“We thought just the $1,000 pay raise was going to be a little over $50 million," Senate Appropriations chairman Sen. Buck Clarke previously explained. “And there was a little calculation error that there was some federally paid teachers that had been included in that. And so they were able to pull $12-13 million out of there.”

The raise is set to take effect July 1.

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