Teacher pay raise funding up for discussion

Some teachers and other staff in A and B schools, as well as in improving schools, could be getting a pay raise during the 2017 legislative session.

The School Recognition Program is part of the 2014 legislation that gave teachers a $2,500 across-the-board pay increase over a two-year period and raised the starting pay for teachers.

The program calls for A-level schools and those that increased a letter grade from the previous year to receive an additional $100 per student to go toward salaries. B schools would get an additional $75 per student. The schools receive a lump sum based on the amount of students, and school officials decide how best to distribute the funds among teachers and staff.

Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, have said they support the 2017 Legislature funding the program.

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