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Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill into law

(Office of Governor Phil Bryant, Office of Governor Phil Bryant)
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Updated: 4/22/2014 11:26 am
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.

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