JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday which would allow public school teachers to receive a pay raise, the first raise for teachers passed since 2007.
The law, House Bill 504, will increase teachers' pay by $1,500 in the upcoming school year and by another $1,000 the school year following.
By the 2015-2016 school year, the starting salary for a public school teacher in Mississippi will be $34,390.
Bryant says the first year of the raise program will cost $64.6 million.
The law will also establish a school recognition program starting in the 2016-2017 school year.
The school recognition program will give rewards to teachers and non-administrative staff in schools that increase their overall letter rating.