Gov. Hutchinson signs bills raising median teacher salary

Gov. Hutchinson signs bills raising median teacher salary
(Source: WIS)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT/KARK) - Governor Asa Hutchinson signed two bills Monday afternoon that will raise the median teacher salary by $2,000.

The median teacher salary will be increased from $49,822 to $51,822.

Hutchinson said the raising of the median salary is an effort to have competitive teacher salaries.

In March, Hutchinson said a measure to increase teacher salaries was a priority and the bill would raise the salary in school districts that are currently below the median salary for teachers.

The governor said he feels there are two different education systems in the state: one that is more prosperous districts that recruit teachers and pay more, and other districts that are less prosperous and have been paying salaries below the median average.

Education Secretary Johnny Key says he thinks this is a topic that unites all Arkansans.

Hutchinson noted other education bills that are now laws include an increase of school transportation funding, requiring school resource officers to complete specialized training, allowing DACA recipients to receive teaching licenses, adding computer science as a requirement for graduation, and requiring Holocaust education in schools.

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