Lt. Governor supports bill to increase teacher salaries

Lt. Governor supports bill to increase teacher salaries
A bill introduced could increase teachers' salaries. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A hot topic in the legislature right now is education, and more specifically increasing teachers' salaries.

House Bill 1145 has been proposed to do exactly that.

It's called the Teacher Salary Enhancement Act, and the purpose is to increase teachers' pay.

This bill lays out a year-by-year plan to get the minimum salary to $36,000 by the 2022-2023 school year.

Region 8 News reached out to Nettleton Schools Superintendent James Dunivan, who said their minimum is already above that, so they won't be impacted.

But smaller districts in the state could take a significant hit to the budget.

The increase is something Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin definitely favors.

"Teachers are on the front lines and I am absolutely positively for paying teachers more," Griffin said. "I'm also for what's called merit pay, when teachers are excelling, pay them even more."

If the bill passes, the question for school districts that have to increase pay will be where that extra money comes from.

As of Friday, the bill has been read twice in the House and was referred to the education committee.

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