Teacher Raise would be Based on Merit

August 20, 2003.  -- Posted at 7:42 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  --A special legislative panel working up a plan to make public education adequate for state students wants to raise teacher salaries -- on merit.

The Joint Legislative Committee on Educational Adequacy yesterday gave tentative approval to a new public school funding formula. But, the formula was immediately questioned by Delta-area legislators who say it won't do enough for poor schools.

Among major recommendations is 283 (m) million dollars suggested for pay raises. That is part of the 825 (m) million dollars in new annual education funding that the committee is expected to recommend to legislators later this year.

Yesterday's report could be revised after consultants provide a district-by-district breakdown of the complex new funding formula. In part, the formula allocates money based on student poverty levels and other demographics.

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