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Action, cooperation yield best outlook for strong teacher pay raise this session

The Mississippi Association of Educators is grateful to the Senate and House for agreeing to provide our public school educators with substantial raises beginning in July.
Published: March 17, 2022
MAE members were on hand at the Capitol for the largest teacher pay raise in Mississippi history.

The House Bill 530 conference reports have been signed and filed. Many of our members were in the Capitol Wednesday, March 16, and witnessed the cooperative spirit of the conferees. It was clear to us that they were determined to do the right thing for teachers.

On Thursday, the Senate voted unanimously to approve the conference report.

Their action provides an avenue for recruitment and retention of Mississippi’s public school teachers. We know first-hand how difficult the past two years of instruction have been for our educators and their assistants. We believe that by providing them the respect of paying them according to their value, we can expect more talented Mississippians to enter the field.

When our teachers are paid well, it increases the state’s economic stability and provides a reason for young people to stay here to pursue their dreams of teaching.

Again, we are grateful to the Legislative leadership, the Education Committee members and the entire Legislature for their determination to see this through.

As the powerful voice for public school employees in the state of Mississippi, we look forward to building on this momentum alongside our members, elected officials, and community members to address other issues in an effort to further support our students. #MAEToday #MAEtotheCapitol #msleg

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