Louisiana Legislature gets behind greater raise for K-12 teachers, staff

By Julie O’Donoghue

The Louisiana Legislature’s leadership has gotten behind a proposal to boost the pay raises teachers and support staff in K-12 schools are expected to receive in the next school year, Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, announced Thursday.

The Louisiana Senate Education Committee, which Fields leads, rejected legislation Thursday that lays out funding for K-12 public schools annually in part because they want school faculty and staff pay to be increased further during the next academic year.

The Republican legislative leadership wants K-12 school teachers to receive a $1,000 raise and support staff to receive a $500 raise next year, Fields said at the committee meeting. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, had proposed raising teacher pay by $400 and support staff by $200 in his state budget proposal.

It’s not clear where lawmakers plan to get the money to pay for the larger raises. The larger raises could cost the state … Continue Reading Full Story >>>

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