Mississippi teacher pay bill clears 1 step, goes to House

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JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Senate has voted unanimously to move forward with a teacher pay raise plan.

Senators asked no questions before passing a bill Thursday. But, it is not clear whether the bill will survive in the House as it is similar to a proposal that stalled last year because of economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

It would give a $1,000 raise to any teacher with at least three years’ experience. Newer teachers would get $1,100, to make the jobs more attractive.

Mississippi has long had some of the lowest teacher salaries in the nation.

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