Controversial Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a pair of identical bills into law on Monday that will raise the state’s median teacher salaries by $2,000 and create a fund that will help lower-paying districts reach that amount.
More proof that the tyrannical teachers unions are running America’s politicians.
The Bill 504 by Senator Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, and House Bill 1614 by Rep. Bruce Cozart, the chairs of the Senate and House Education Committees, respectively, will raise the target median teaser salary from $51,822 for 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.
The House and Senate Committees afterword would jointly set the statewide target median salary.
It also provides $25 million to create a Teacher Salary Equalization Fund that will provide $185 per student in districts that are below the median salary.
According to the legislation, the gap between the highest average salary, $60,963, and the lowest of $39,578 was $21,385. Hutchinson said $15 million will come from adequacy funding passed by the Legislature, while $10 million will come from the educational adequacy trust fund.
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