News outlets report Gov. Phil Bryant says the agency will have to reallocate whatever funding possible to pay for the raises, since he won’t be calling a special session to fix the issue. He says the Legislature can reimburse the agency through a deficit appropriation in January.
The estimated $58 million price tag of the $1,500 teacher raise was based on numbers from the Mississippi Student Information System database.
But the database mistakenly listed some state-funded special education, gifted and career-technical teaching positions as ineligible for funding. It’s unclear how many teachers were excluded.
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