House panel seeks $1,000 pay raise for Mississippi assistant teachers

JACKSON, Mississippi — Assistant teachers could see a $1,000 pay raise under a plan moving forward in the House.

The House Education Committee approved House Bill 582 Wednesday, which would raise the employees’ yearly salary to $14,000 a year from $13,000 a year.

The committee originally considered a $500 increase, but agreed on $1,000. With 6,000 assistant teachers in grades K-3 statewide, a $1,000 raise would cost a total of $6 million.