As teacher pay gap widens between Louisiana and other states, educators say raises should be ‘priority’

BY WILL SENTELL | STAFF WRITER

The gap between average pay for teachers in Louisiana and the Southern regional average shot up by 74% in the past year, according to the latest snapshot released Tuesday.

Teachers here were paid an average of $50,923 for the 2018-19 school year compared to $54,930 across the 16-state region – a gap of $4,007. During the previous school year teachers in Louisiana were paid an average of $51,403 compared to $53,709 in other states – a gap of $2,306, according to the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta.

The regional average is a longtime and elusive state goal.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has vowed to reach the average before he finishes his second term in 2024, and the governor earlier this year proposed raises of … Click HERE to Read Full Story

Source: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/education/article_ce82b1dc-0268-11eb-9295-074cad6f5ec7.html

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