Legislation For Teachers Salaries Lacking

Legislation was passed this week to get teachers, teacher assistants, librarians and counselors more money. Mississippi Association of Educators President Joyce Helmick wrote a letter to Charles Busby, the author of the House Bill, saying it is lacking. In its first year, the bill would amount to a $19 per week raise which works out to $2.74 per day. The bill calls for a $2000 pay raise split over two years. For teachers entering the profession, that would mean a starting salary that is still below that of the Southeastern average. For the average Mississippi teacher, that would put their salary a whopping $6000 below the Southeastern average of $51,500.