Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 92nd General Assembly
June 20th, 2019 • News

June 20, 2019

  • From the historic hallways of the most beautiful state Capitol in our nation, this is Senator Keith Ingram.
  • The state Board of Education has approved a range of salary increases for teachers, beginning in the fall.
  • Over the next four years, minimum salaries for teachers will increase by about $1,000 a year.
    By the school year of 2022-2023, all public school teachers with a bachelor’s degree will earn at least $36,000 a year.
  • For comparison, the current minimum salary for teachers is $31,400 a year.
  • Raising teacher pay was one of the priorities of the legislature during this year’s regular session.
    Legislators approved a $60 million distribution of state aid to school districts that will have to raise minimum salaries.
  • Districts that already pay teachers at least $36,000 will not receive any of the $60 million. Others will receive half a million dollars, or as little as a few thousand dollars. It depends on what their current minimum teacher salaries are.
  • Teachers who have a master’s degree will also benefit. Right now, their minimum salary is $36,050 per year. Over the next four years, it will climb to $40,650.
  • Keep in mind that the minimum salaries I’ve mentioned are for beginning teachers with no experience.
    Teachers with experience will also benefit from the increase. For example, a teacher with a bachelor’s degree who has five years’ experience now earns at least $33,650. Over the next four years, that minimum salary will go up to $38,250.
  • Paying our teachers is an investment in the future. Good teachers make good schools, and good schools make good communities.
  • From the Capitol, it is always my great honor and sincere privilege to serve you as your state Senator. This is Keith Ingram.
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