UPDATE Thursday 28, 11:30 a.m.: 

Literally less than an hour after the Senate passed the Conference Report on SB 2770, the House followed suit.

Similar to in the Senate with Senator D. Simmons, Representative David Baria makes a motion to recommit the report back to conference. He explains he wants the bill recommitted so that the raise amount of $1,500 can be increased.

Rep. Bennett, Chairman of Education, expressed concerns that putting a $4,000 raise on the books would be detrimental if state revenue growth does not increase. He said that there needs to be more than one year of growth for a raise of that size to be secure. This seems to be a debate between two sides on whether or not the money is there for the raise.



Speaker Philip Gunn posted this to twitter after it’s passage:

UPDATE Thursday 28, 9:45 a.m.:

The Senate has approved the Conference Report regarding a teacher pay raise.

The bill was brought before Senators on Thursday morning as Sen. Tollison suspended the rules to have the bill discussed. Speculatively to be able to approve it and send to the House quickly.



Senator Derrick Simmons made a motion to recommit the bill and argued that there was time to meet the originally proposed $4,000 mark offered by the House’s amendment to the bill. However, the motion failed and the bill was called up for a vote.

Just before the roll was called for a vote Lt. Governor Tate Reeves said,”If you support the bill I ask you to vote ‘I’ if you oppose it, I’ll ask you to vote ‘no’.”



The bill passed by a vote of 46 to 2, with Senators Norwood and D. Simmons voting no.

“I voted no on the bill, but I unequivocally support a teacher pay raise,” said Senator Norwood. He went on to say, his reason for a no vote was due to the fact that he didn’t believe $1,500 was enough. Senator Simmons made the same remarks.

The bill now heads to the House.

Wednesday 27, 10:00 p.m.: 

Wednesday night the conference report everyone has been waiting for was finally filed, revealing what Legislature had appropriated in regards to a teacher pay raise. SB 2770 will ultimately give teachers a $1,500 raise beginning on July 1. This was one of the most discussed pieces of legislation to be brought up this year.



The bill originally called for a $1,000 raise over the next two years, which was scrutinized, even though that number was just considered a “place holder” according several members in the House including Rep. Richard Bennett, Chairman of Education and Speaker Greg Snowden.

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The pressure was really put on for a substantial raise when Rep. Steve Holland was able to pass an amendment on the House floor that would change that $1,000 number to $4,000 over two years.

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This would also raise the minimum pay for teachers to $35,890 and a minimum for teachers assistants to $14,000. It is still somewhat unclear how much this raise will cost the state budget. Previous numbers showed a $75 million increase, but minutes after the report was filed it was reported that it would actually only be between $50 and $55 million.