Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Senate passes teacher pay plan

The Lieutenant Governor issued the following press release:

Bill provides state’s first merit pay program, higher starting pay
JACKSON – The Mississippi Senate unanimously passed today Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ plan to raise teacher pay and reward academic progress at schools. Under the plan, current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015.

The plan also raises beginning teacher salaries to keep Mississippi’s brightest teachers in the state.

“This plan establishes the first true merit pay plan in Mississippi while making teacher starting pay competitive with surrounding states,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “The overwhelming support for this plan shows it addresses the concerns many educators had about pay discussions at the Capitol. I hope it can become law quickly, so teachers can see results by the start of the budget year in July.”

The plan, which heads to the House for concurrence, includes:
·         Raising starting pay to $34,390 by July 2015,
·         Increasing the salary scale by $1,500 in July 2014 and $1,000 in July 2015, and
·         Rewarding teachers at schools that show academic improvement each year under the School Recognition Program implemented in Fiscal Year 2017.

Mississippi’s starting pay would be $34,390 by July 2015, more than the current salary $30,900. Beginning pay increases to $33,390 in July before rising again a year later. A higher starting pay combined with local salary supplements provided by most school districts could result in some teachers earning about $40,000 in their first year of teaching.

The School Recognition Program could reward teachers with additional stipends of as much as $2,000 in an academic year. The program rewards teachers and staff in schools that see academic improvement by moving up the school rating ladder. Schools that improve a grade level under the state’s accountability model earn a school $100 per student. Schools that remain rated “A” each year can earn $100 per student, and schools that remain rated as “B” can receive $75 per student. A committee of teachers at that school can then decide whether to spend the money either on stipends for colleagues or classroom equipment that could improve student achievement. The School Recognition Program is the first true merit pay program in the state’s history.


Anonymous said...

Did he mention transparency?? He loves that word.

Anonymous said...

The tater flip flop is complete ... and his is bigger.

Anonymous said...

Of the $3,500 increase mentioned in the press release, $2,500 comes from the proposed base increase and the remainder comes from two annual experience increases ($495 for a Bachelor degree) which is what teachers would receive in any case over the next two years. By using the proposed $2,500 increase and two annual experience increases to make the starting salary $34,390, teachers with two years of experience will be making the same as a teacher straight out of college.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter what the senate passes anyway. Tates plan was way less than the house plan. The House will strike and they will go to conference.

Greetings From Downtown Flowood said...

Tates plan was way less than the house plan.

AND thus the plan repleat with misleading graphics dutifully repeated here @ JJ to mislead voters, and especially GOP primary voters, otherwise!

The King is not your dupe Tate (and your piss ant communication team). YOU ARE.

Anonymous said...

Tate Reeves wins again...

Anonymous said...

Tate ought to use this idea to fund the trooper school. Merit pay is the big buzz word and maybe if troopers have a college degree they get 100% funding, if high school maybe on 75%. If they pass written test with an "A" without being given the answers in advance it would go to the percentage of funding.

Anonymous said...

So, to recap. Under the proposal, the teacher who has been on the job two years now, having quietly and politely received her meager annual increase of $40 a month (a dollar and a half a day), twice, will be joined in the lounge by the new graduate at the same pay rate.

Actually, the only fair way to adjust beginning pay is to adjust each step in the pay-grade chart by at least the same amount, effective concurrently.

Anonymous said...

I am not usually a fan of Tate. But I agree with his stance on the MHP: "Clean up your freaking house before you come back to the trough begging".

Lest we forget, Tate has also asked for a six-month moratorium on whatever law prevents the disposal of State employees. Seems like 85 department heads at the Department of Education have no department.

Slapping Erasers said...

Second Try:

No,Tate has not 'also asked for a six month moratorium on WHATEVER LAW prevents the disposal of State employees'.

First, it's called the protection offered by the State Personnel Board. It's in place to guard against nepotism and political hiring.

Second, 'WHATEVER LAW' is the system of rules that keeps a new incumbent from firing everybody and hiring his cronies.

Third, Tater mentioned this only as a possibility regarding ONE agency, the Education Department, which as illustrated above, sorely needs reorganization and culling. Ask any school teacher for their opinion of the State Department of Education. It's a grazing pasture for ineffective principles who couldn't perform and teachers who managed to get themselves a position downtown near the trendy lunch counters.

I'm sure that sounds delicious to Kingfish and others of you who have absolutely no positive regard for ANY state employee or member of the system.

Anonymous said...

Tate for Governor....NOW

Anonymous said...

What raw nonsense, 3:49.

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