The supplemental pay local school districts provide teachers – on top of their standardized state salaries – ranges from a high of $7,575.69 annually for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Biloxi to a low of $91.67 for a teacher with the same degree less than two hours away in Richton.
Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, who served as House Education Committee chair for the previous two terms when Democrats were in the majority, said the supplemental pay provided by some districts “is very minimal.”
Brown added, “We have to figure out how to implement it (merit pay for teachers) and how to pay for it. We want to make sure it (performance pay raise) is just not based on somebody’s opinion.”
Bryant, the first-year Republican governor, unveiled his performance-based pay plan last month. It was developed by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University and is designed to provide flexibility to local school districts to develop merit pay programs that fit their needs.
Read more: djournal.com – Local teacher supplements vary widely across state