Mississippi teacher pay raise plan inches forward in Senate

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Teacher Crystal McKinnis, left, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Senate is pushing forward with a plan to increase some of the lowest teacher salaries in the United States.

Senators unanimously passed a bill Thursday to give most Mississippi teachers and teachers’ assistants a $1,000 pay raise during the year that begins July 1. Newer teachers would receive $1,100 in an effort to make the jobs more attractive.

The bill will return to the House. Members there could either accept it or seek final negotiations with the Senate.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign any teacher pay raise bill that legislators send him this year.

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