Gov. John Bel Edwards proposes pay raise for teachers
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is proposing a budget that would include a $400 pay raise for teachers.
This year, I am proposing a budget that includes pay raises for K-12 teachers and support staff as well as higher education faculty, an increase in the higher education formula, and more dollars for GO Grants, which we will be matching to the increase for TOPS. #lagov pic.twitter.com/JwVPD6WqpC— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) February 25, 2021
Louisiana teachers are among the lowest paid educators in the country.
“Looking at all of our regional Louisiana teachers specifically teachers in our area of the ArkLaTex, they are suffering in teacher pay,” Caddo Schools Instructional Technologist Spencer Kiper says. “Any progress towards that goal is in the right direction.”
Kiper is the 2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and is a strong advocate for teacher pay raises.
He says that teachers have been let down for years and deserve to be rewarded for their hard work through a raise.
“After the year that we’ve had through COVID-19, if we don’t receive a raise, then it shows a clear signal,” Kiper says.
To see more information on current teacher salaries in ArkLaTex parishes, click here.
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