State School Board Poised To Lower Minimum Required Pay For Some Teachers

The state school board is set to meet at 12:30 Friday, and could take final action on a revision of the state salary schedule. Credit Daniel Potter / WPLN

The state school board is set to meet at 12:30 Friday, and could take final action on a revision of the state salary schedule. Credit Daniel Potter / WPLN

A proposal before Tennessee’s Board of Education Friday to rework statewide teacher pay levels is drawing ire from Democrats, as well as the state teachers’ union.  The move aims to add extra pay for certain teachers.  But critics argue it’s an administrative approach to a change lawmakers would not support.

Under the proposal, teachers with advanced degrees wouldn’t necessarily get the same size raises they do now.  And it would get rid of scheduled raises after a teachers’ first decade.  Jim Wrye with the Tennessee Education Association says in other words, salaries for some long-timers would essentially flatten.

“There is a real possibility that many of these veteran teachers will not see a raise for many years to come.”

An attempt two years ago to spur more differential pay foundered in the state legislature.  This time around it’s up to Tennessee’s nine-member school board, appointed by the governor.  The proposal could pass its final reading Friday, having already gone through once in April.

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