Arkansas Lawmakers Working to Raise Teaching Salaries

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Joint Education Committee on Monday finished putting together its recommendations for the state public school budget. One recommendation is increasing the starting salary for teachers.

On Monday, the committee voted to raise the minimum teacher salary to $31,000.

The recommendations will have to be reviewed by the President Pro-tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House. The Governor’s deadline to finalize the budget is November 13.

Read more from our Little Rock Affiliate KTHV.


  • Horace

    Teachers deserve to be paid more, and I sure hope it gets through. God knows what will happen if the other political party takes control; known, as they, to hate teachers and public schools.

    • Taylor

      It’s a little dubious to say that anyone “hates” teachers. Maybe they don’t support measures like this for whatever reason but it’s a straw man to say that a major political party hates public education.

    • Arnold fudpucker

      You confuse hate with concern for responsibility. Or do you. Maybe you think the money is free?
      It is a great thing to want to increase teachers pay, but just don’t increase my taxes to do it. Tell you what, why don’t you get these liberal spenders to take a look at the top heavy administration in our public schools. Bet you can find a bunch of loot being wasted there.

  • Amazed

    The problem with most of these pay raises for teachers, also means a pay raise for administrators. Check out the school’s “salary schedules” and you will see that administrators also get the same percentage raise as the teachers based on many things such as education level and years experience. It’s unfortunate, but until the money is specified for “classroom teachers/???” only, then this will continue.

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