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Mississippi House OKs $2,500 raise for assistant teachers

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has voted to give assistant teachers a substantial pay raise.

The base pay for the job is currently $12,500 a year.

A bill that was debated Wednesday originally would have set the base pay at $13,500.

The House accepted a proposal by Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson to set the base pay at $15,000.

Some local school districts provide salary supplements for teachers and assistant teachers.

It is unclear whether the pay plan will survive as legislators work on the state budget the next couple of months. The raise for assistant teachers could get scaled back to the original proposal. The plan is in House Bill 582 (http://bit.ly/1zvUDqk ).

Legislators are working on a separate proposal to give teachers the second year of a pay raise.

 

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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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