One of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s top priorities for the 92nd General Assembly is to give raises to Arkansas teachers.
The bill is making its way through the legislature and gaining momentum. It would add a $1,000 for the next four years to the minimum salary base for teachers.
Governor Hutchinson is pushing to bring Arkansas up to speed with other states. Lawmakers say money from the adequacy surplus fund would pay for the raises.
“This is not every school in the state that’s affected because a lot of them pay a whole lot more than minimum salary starting out. So it’s the ones that are starting out with the minimum salary schedule and they’re going to be affected in four years when that money goes away,” State Representative Bruce Cozart says.
Members of the House Education Committee are working on ways to fund those increases after the initial four years.