Mississippi Teachers Get A Raise

By Tish Clark | Local Memphis 24 | April 22, 2014
 
 
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MAE on Teacher Pay Raise Signed into Law: 

A Step in the Right Direction
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On Tuesday, August 22, 2014,  Governor Bryant signed into law the teacher pay raise bill that the Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) spearheaded to achieve for all educators.

"The Mississippi Association of Educators is thrilled that our efforts to improve teacher pay have been successful and applaud the Legislature and Governor for listening to educators. Our members made thousands of contacts with our elected officials to create this important first step in the right direction to reduce the critical teacher shortage in our classrooms," stated Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators.

"Every year, our students lose good teachers to our neighboring states that pay $5,000 - 10,000 more than Mississippi pays. For example, we lost a great teacher mid-semester last fall in Desoto County, because she had been offered $10,000 more a year to work in Shelby County, Tennessee, just a few miles over the state line." Helmick continued. "That is the reason that MAE members celebrate this important achievement for our students and look forward to continuing to work with parents, educators, community leaders and elected officials to bring Mississippi's first year teacher pay in line with the southeast average of $40,000."

 
 
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A Fight for Funding

 

 

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Promoters of school funding host meeting
in Bay St. Louis on MAEP petition


By Jennifer Lenain | Sun Herald | April 9, 2014

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JENNIFER LENAIN/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD State Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, speaks at a Mississippi Association of Educators' special briefing on funding for public education in Bay St. Louis on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. 


BAY ST. LOUIS -- The Mississippi Association of Educators hosted the second of several meetings Wednesday evening urging full funding of the state's public schools. At the meeting at Community Hall, state and local officials stressed the economic effects of chronic underfunding of public schools.State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said a petition will begin circulating in May to have a constitutional amendment on the 2015 ballot that would beef up the Legislature's adherence to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula.


Basic public school funding in the state has been "underfunded" by $1.3 billion between fiscal years 2009 and 2014. "It's not a budget cut," state Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said, "it's a conscious decision that the state has mandated to underfund." From an economic standpoint, Baria said: "When employers are looking to locate here, they look at the system of education." Click to continue reading . . .

 

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MAE's work pays off! 

Teacher Pay Raise Passes Legislature

MAE President: "A Step in the Right Direction"

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MAE Press Statement:

"MAE members are thrilled that our efforts to improve teacher pay have been successful and applaud the Legislature for listening to educators. This is the first step in the right direction to bring our educators' pay in line with that of our neighboring states and to reduce the teacher shortage," stated Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators.

"Our neighboring states pay their teachers $5,000 - 10,000 a year more than Mississippi pays. MAE looks forward to continuing our work with parents, educators, community leaders and elected officials to create positive student outcomes."

 

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