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Pay Raises Hurting State's Ability to Recruit Teachers

AUGUST 12, 2004 - Posted at 7:31 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Six-thousand dollar starting pay raises for Arkansas teachers have hurt the state Department of Education's ability to recruit teachers.

Arkansas' education chief told legislators yesterday that the department is having problems keeping and hiring good employees.  The committee approved Ken James' request to hire 15 new public school program advisers.  But it rejected his proposal to pay the advisers $49,000 a year.  It instead approved salaries of about $45,000.

James had said the extra pay was needed to make the department more competitive.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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