House Panel Passes Teacher Pay Raise Bill

Pay Raise

Teachers at 168 school districts would enjoy $1,000 pay raises under a bill passed by the House Education Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 1145 by Rep. Bruce Cozart, R-Hot Springs, the Teacher Salary Enhancement Act, would increase state-mandated minimum salaries for beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree from $31,800 in 2018-19 to $32,800 in 2019-2020.

Salaries would rise to $33,800 in 2020-21. By 2022-23, starting teachers would be earning $36,000 a year.

Next year, a teacher with 15 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree would earn a state minimum of $39,550. A teacher with a master’s degree and 15 years’ experience would earn $44,950. By 2022-23, that same teacher would earn $48,150.     MORE

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