Teacher pay raise error made by the Mississippi Department of Education


THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
TEACHERS TELLS US AVERAGE SALARY
FOR A
TEACHER IN MISSISSIPPI IS A
LITTLE OVER 40,000
DOLLARS. LEADERS SAY EVEN WITH THAT,
WE’RE STILL ON
THE BOTTOM WHEN IT COMES TO
FUNDING. SOME ARE HOPING THE GOVERNOR
WILL CALL A
SPECIAL SESSION TO RECTIFY THE
ERROR
MADE BY THE MISSISSIPPI
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WHEN IT COMES TO
TEACHER PAY
RAISES.  
 
 
 
AFTER MUCH DEBATE ON A PAY RAISE
FOR
MISSISSIPPI TEACHERS…GOVERNOR
PHIL BRYANT SIGNED A BILL EARLIER THIS
MONTH…GIVING EDUCATORS 1,500
DOLLARS MORE A YEAR. SOME EDUCATORS AREN’T HAPPY WITH
THE
AMOUNT. SO WE DID THE WAIT AND SEE GAME. AND WHEN THE 4,000 WENT TO
THE 1,500, WE WERE REALLY
SHOCKED. BECAUSE WE HAD
MEETINGS ON WHAT THAT WOULD EQUAL ON A YEARLY BASIS
NOW…SOME TEACHERS WON’T EVEN
BE GETTING
THAT…ACCORDING TO THE
MISSISSIPPI
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S CALCULATIONS. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY
CALCULATED THE
NUMBER OF POSITIONS BASED ON THE
CODE IN
THE STATE’S STUDENT INFORMATION
SYSTEM. MDE SAYS NOT ALL TEACHERS WERE
INCLUDED IN THAT
SYSTEM…LEAVING
VOCATIONAL, SPECIAL NEEDS, AND
GIFTED
TEACHERS IN THE DUST. MDE ADMITS THAT THEY DID A
MISCALCULATION; AND THE
GOVERNOR DID, OUT OF ANXIETY I’M SURE, DECIDED THAT HE WASN’T
GOING TO COVER THE MISTAKE THAT
MDE MADE. HE WAS NOT GOING TO
CALL A SPECIAL SESSION TO GO
BACK AND REVISIT. A SPECIAL SESSION IS WHAT SOME
LEGISLATORS ARE DEMANDING. AFTER DISCOVERING THE 14 MILLION
DOLLAR
ERROR…MEMBERS OF THE
MISSISSIPPI
LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS
ARE ASKING TO MOVE MONEY FROM THE RAINY
DAY FUND TO COVER THE SHORTAGE. STATE SENATOR DERRICK SIMMONS IS
AMONG
MANY WHO HOPES IF MONEY CANNOT
LEGALLY
BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE RAINY
DAY FUND…GOVERNOR PHIL BRYANT WILL
CALL A
SPECIAL SESSION. OTHERS SAY THEY’RE CALLING
GOVERNOR
BRYANT AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
TATE REEVES
ON A DAILY BASIS… HOPING ALL
TEACHERS RECEIVE A RAISE. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE TEACHERS
TO KNOW THAT
NOBODY’S GIVING UP ON
THEM…THAT
WE ARE HERE FOR THE LONG HAUL,
WE’RE GONNA FIGHT ALL THE WAY TO 2020.  
 
 
 
THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND
SENATE
APPROPRATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
BUCK CLARKE SAY LAWMAKERS SHOULD MAKE UP ANY SHORTFALLS WHEN THEY
RETURN FOR REGULAR SESSION IN
2020. OTHERS SAY THEY WANT TO ASSURE
DISTRICTS
THE STATE WILL PROVIDE ENOUGH
MONEY SO
DISTRICTS DON’T HAVE TO USE
THEIR OWN. LIVE AT THE CAPITOL. JENNIFER
LOTT. 16 WAPT
NEWS.

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