JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A plan to give Mississippi teachers at least a $1,000 pay raise has won state Senate approval, and now it goes to the House.
The pay bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support Wednesday.
Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann says he wants a multiyear plan to increase some of the lowest salaries in the nation.
Most teachers and teachers' assistants would receive $1,000. Teachers in the first two years of their careers would receive raises of $1,100. That's an effort to boost the beginning salaries.
The state Department of Education average teacher pay in Mississippi last school year was $45,105.