(DeSoto County, MS) Shaina Cale says teachers don’t get paid near what they’re worth.
”What they put up with on a day-to-day basis, they should get more”.
So she’s glad to know Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill to give teachers $1,500 more next year, and another thousand the year after that.
It’s not as much as Representative Wanda Jennings wanted, but she believes it wouldn’t have been that much if DeSoto Lawmakers hadn’t stuck to their guns with state leaders.
”They suggested a smaller raise at the beginning of the session and we said we just won’t support a smaller raise and we’ll hold out. It’s got to be a significant raise,” said Jennings, a Southaven Republican.
But teacher pay is just one cost of an education.
Even with the teacher pay raise, Mississippi schools will still get less from the state next year, than they got in 2008.
In 2008 schools got about two and a quarter billion of the Mississippi budget. Next year they’ll get just a little more than two billion.
And Jennings says don’t look for lawmakers to restore that money anytime soon.
”How long do I think it’ll take to get back to that? I wouldn’t hold my breath. Really".
She says times remain tight, but she’s determined to restore school funding.
”But I'm going to continue to fight, absolutely. I consider that my mission."
And parents say they’re glad to hear it for the sake of their kids.
”To give them the proper education they deserve all the money that was taken from them," said Cale.