August 19, 2003 - Posted at: 1:04 p.m. CDT
Little Rock, AR -- Arkansas teachers would receive a 15 percent phased-in pay increase under a plan approved by a legislative committee this morning.
The committee is studying how the state can meet a court order to overhaul its unconstitutional education funding system.
Yesterday, members of the Joint Committee on Educational Adequacy learned it will cost about $825 million per year in new education funding to meet the court mandate.
The teacher pay increases will cost $283 million.
California-based consultants hired to guide legislators in their work said raising entry-level teacher salaries is crucial to alleviate a statewide teacher shortage.