Thursday, January 30, 2020

Teacher Pay Raise Clears Hurdle

Leftenent Governor Hibbit Hoseman issued the following statement. 


New teachers with a bachelor’s degree and other qualifications would start at $37,000 a year under legislation passed unanimously out of the Senate Education Committee today.

 
Senate Bill 2001 would raise the minimum statutory salaries for all teachers by $1,000 a year, except for teachers with a single “A” license, who would receive $1,110.  The legislation now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. 
 
“The House had the leadership to begin resolving the $18.4 million deficit from last year’s teacher pay raise as soon as the 2020 Session started, and the Senate wanted to send a similar message to our public educators this year. The message is one of support and respect,” Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann said. “I appreciate the leadership Chairman Dennis DeBar and Vice Chairman David Blount have shown working together on this important legislation.”
 
Hosemann and committee leadership support studying teacher pay once the session ends to review best practices in other states and develop a plan moving forward.
 
“We are facing a teacher shortage in many of our districts which is reaching a critical level.  Part of turning this dire situation around is monetary. Our teachers are doing some of the most important work in our State, and they deserve to be properly compensated for it,” DeBar said. “I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in the House on this and other education issues.”
 
To track Senate Bill 2001’s progress, visit: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2020/pdf/history/SB/SB2001.xml.  To learn more about Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann, visit www.ltgovhosemann.ms.gov.
 
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

No matter what either house comes up with, ever, it's always going to be whittled down to between 4 and 800 dollars (probably at $200 annual increments) and then insurance increase will eat that up. History bears this out. Look for it. Dibbert is already pandering, two weeks into the job.

Meanwhile; Fitch is still advertising (right column of page) for college savings programs at taxpayer expense, while sending her girls out to look for trendy waiting room furniture that has an antique appearance.

Anonymous said...

I am married to a middle school teacher. From what I know, the biggest deterrent to teaching is not low pay it is unruly, rude, unmotivated kids. There is far more wrong in the homes of these kids than in the classrooms of the schools.

Anonymous said...

2:06pm Yep. Teachers are dropping out after a couple of years because there is zero education happening, and only churning of reported numbers in the seats....for which there aren't because they aren't there. So, between constant disrespect from the children themselves, and the constant disrespect from your superiors (expecting you to look the other way while we over report attendance) you do NOT want to be a teacher.

The numbers Carey Wright are complete, and total lies. They just reported last year that over 30% of kids are absent - and that's not even reporting the full truth.

Anonymous said...

37k is starting salary? Who in their right mind would pay for college to get that salary?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure there's a certain amount of money that would peak my interest in possibly becoming a teacher, but it's nowhere near the current pay levels. I think 2:06 is absolutely right; the majority of the kids in public schools (and in some private ones) are the main reason that folks don't want to get into teaching. It's always been and always will be an extremely admirable and probably rewarding occupation, but in today's current political and social environment, I just don't seen how anybody does it and keeps their sanity, especially in districts like JPS.

Anonymous said...

Most recent database that I could locate showed that Mississippi is 10% to 15% below Alabama and Louisiana. Fairly close to Tennessee, but that's probably apples to cucumbers based on the tax differences with the two states.

At least the teachers can count on their legislators to protect their retirement for them after their years and years of low pay.

Anonymous said...

Until the US gets rid of traditional education we will continue to rank where we do. We are using a model that has not
Significantly changed in many years!

Anonymous said...

They are going to have to legalize and tax weed to pay for all these pay rasises and prison improvements.

longing for the good ole days said...

LG HIBBIT HOSER is not true to his word, like he says in his press release.

Just like the rest of his government life, he is trying to claim what isn't true.

During the campaign, he PROMISED that the first week of the session he would raise the teacher pay to the SE Average. (Ignoring,of course, the fact that he wasn't going to be elected as a dictator as he would prefer - and that there were 52 Senators and 122 folks in the other chamber that have a say-so in these matters, but let's don't quibble about those details)>

So his promise of $4k a year has gone by the wayside now that the campaign is over.

Why should we be surprised? Although since the media loves Dilbert (he is at heart right in line with their liberal policies anyway) so they won't call him out on this little lie from the campaign trail. Just like they will not call him out on the absolute control he is trying to put over the Senate - control that would make those that thought Tater was a controlling leader would make them quake in their shoes.

Anonymous said...

Coming out of college 37k and summers off, isn’t a bad gig.

Anonymous said...

Last year Supertalk Radio said it was a $3000 raise. Then it was $1500 for each of 2 years.

Will this get raised to $1500?

Anonymous said...

We've seen enough evidence in the last 50+ years that it is time to admit at not everyone is equally intelligent or well behaved. And also that social experiments with our children's education have put us behind the curve on the world stage. And it isn't racist to want your children to receive an education unimpeded by violent and disruptive elements of society. It is the fault of those elements.

Louis LeFleur said...

Not that they didn't deserve it, but state leaders just gave themselves raises of something like 30%-60%. How can they get away with low single digit percentage increases for teachers? I realize the comparison is not exactly apples to apples, but the point stands...

Anonymous said...

Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t with YOU PEOPLE!!!
You have to start somewhere with this legislature. At least Delbert is out front rather than hiding behind them and blaming them.

Anonymous said...

2:06 - You are spot on.

My daughter loves teaching but is thinking of going back to school again in order to find another job.

The kids can say and do just about anything. Then when they are punished by a teacher the administration doesn't want to follow through because they are worried it will look like they don't have control of their schools. Plus everyone in their community wants the appearance of good schools. Bad schools is bad for real estate values.

A handful of parents are absolutely crazy. Threatening or yelling at teachers whenever their little princess is disciplined for anything. Some kids are in trouble by everyone they come in contact with; teachers, bus drivers, neighbors other kids, and yet the idiot parents always blame everyone but their demon child.

Anonymous said...

@9:50- You are spot on!

I’ll add that those administrators EXPECT the teachers to remedy the problem children’s issues, while simultaneously demanding NOTHING of the parents. It’s a ridiculous vacuum that sucks the life out of the teachers AND the learning environment. The administrators don’t want to lose those problem children to alternative school or expulsion because they’ll lose those dollars. It amazes me that they don’t acknowledge the correlation between students lost to private and home schooling versus dollars “saved” coddling unacceptable behavior! Those with the means to remove their children are immediately dubbed racists while no one ever acknowledges the truth.

And, those parents! People wouldn’t believe the things they say and do!! Despite the insults they hurl, the most annoying is their “imma handle him good when he gets home” conversation with the teacher, only to be followed up the next morning with Johnny’s recanting of his “movie night with extra snacks and a new toy!”

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