Teacher pay raises went into effect Friday

Landmark pay raises for teachers took effect Friday in Mississippi.
Landmark pay raises for teachers took effect Friday in Mississippi.(Gov. Tate Reeves)
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 1:17 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) - Potential game-changing pay raises for teachers went into effect Friday.

Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill in March authorizing the largest pay raise in a generation for the state’s public school teachers, long among the lowest-paid in the nation.

House Bill 530 became law July 1.

Teachers will receive average increase of about $5,100 — a jump of more than 10 percent over their current pay.

Starting teacher pay will increase from $37,123 to $41,638, putting Mississippi above the southeastern and national averages.

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