Legislators Eyeing Teacher Pay Raises

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.

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