Governor announces intent to sign teacher pay raise Tuesday

other_state_govBy Bobby Harrison

Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant says he will sign into law Tuesday morning the $2,500 pay raise the Legislature approved during the 2014 session for Mississippi’s classroom teachers.

The governor’s office announced in a new release Monday afternoon that Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will attend the bill signing in the state Capitol.

Gunn proposed a pay raise for Mississippi’s roughly 33,000 teachers in December before the 2014 session began.

The House had passed a $5,000 proposal offered by Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, in the 2013 session, but that proposal died in the Senate. Legislative leaders in both the House and Senate said the state could not afford the pay raise.

The proposal passed by the Legislature earlier this year and pending the governor’s signature would provide a $1,500 pay raise for the upcoming school year beginning July 1 and an additional $1,000 the following year.

The legislation calls for teachers and faculty to be eligible for yearly bonuses, based on school performance for the school year starting in 2016.