Teacher Salary Proposals
SREB states, 2019 and 2018
Teacher salaries are in the news, and we’ve been getting some questions about what actions SREB states are taking during this year’s legislative sessions.
As of February 12, governors in SREB states have proposed the following teacher salary increases (for 2019-20 unless otherwise noted):
|Arkansas||raise minimum base by $1,000 each year over next four years|
|Delaware||2 percent pay increase|
|Georgia||$3,000 flat pay raise; intention of raising by another $2,000 in the future|
|Mississippi||3 percent pay increase over coming two years|
|Oklahoma||$1,200 flat increase for all teachers|
|South Carolina||5 percent pay increase|
|Virginia||additional 2 percent increase beyond 3 percent increase, for a total of 5 percent to take effect 7/1/2019|
|West Virginia||average 5 percent pay increase for teachers|
On a related note, while this is not a salary increase, the governor in Florida is proposing a nearly $200 million increase to the Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program (to nearly $423 million), along with a proposed increase to the maximum awards to this teacher performance incentive program.
We will be watching for, and noting any additions from, proposals in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
2018 teacher salary actions
Last year, SREB states enacted these teacher salary increases (for the 2018-19 year except as noted):
|Alabama||2.5 percent salary increase|
|North Carolina||6.5 percent average salary increase|
|Oklahoma||salary increases ranging from 15.8 percent to 18.3 percent|
|Tennessee||2 percent salary increase|
|Virginia||3 percent increase to take effect 7/1/2019|
|West Virginia||5 percent salary increase|