From: Mississippi Department of Education
JACKSON, Miss – In consultation with school districts, the Mississippi Department
of Education (MDE) has determined that 40,991 teachers and teacher assistants are
eligible for the state-funded, $1,500 pay raise.
The number of teaching positions is an increase from the original estimate of 31,157.
The additional cost of the teacher pay raise is $18.5 million.
After determining the original estimated cost of the teacher pay raise, the MDE
conducted an additional review of the total number of state-funded teaching positions.
During that review, the MDE determined there are additional state-funded teaching
positions that the Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) does not capture
as MAEP-funded positions. The MDE subsequently worked with districts to identify
and verify every eligible state-funded position.
The expanded list of teaching positions eligible for the pay raise goes beyond classroom
teachers, counselors, teacher assistants and librarians to include specialized positions
such as dyslexia therapists, intervention specialists, audiologists and psychologists,
Districts will be allocated enough money through the current appropriation to cover
the monthly cost of the teacher pay raise. The MDE will continue to work with legislative
leaders to secure a deficit appropriation in January to fully fund the pay raise.
“This is the most comprehensive pay raise the Legislature has approved and is intended
to provide Mississippi educators with a well-deserved raise,” said Dr. Carey Wright,
state superintendent of education.
Previous teacher pay raises were allocated to districts through MAEP, which is the state’s
school funding formula. Based on input from district superintendents, this year the MDE
asked the Legislature to appropriate the FY20 teacher pay raise as a separate line item
from MAEP so that each school district could clearly see that adequate funds had been
appropriated to cover the pay raise.
The total cost of 40,991 educators receiving a $1,500 pay raise and associated fringe
benefits is $76.9 million.