As the Mississippi Legislature ponders how much of a pay raise to give schoolteachers, one of the claims often voiced by raise backers is that teachers have not received one since 2014.
That’s not true. Teachers in Mississippi get a bump in salary every year they stay in the classroom under the seniority-based salary scale the state uses.
What’s being debated is whether to adjust upward all the levels of that salary scale, which was last adjusted in 2014. The current proposal is for a $500 hike each of the next two years.
Maybe that’s not enough, but let’s at least be clear about what’s being discussed.