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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into a law a measure that will raise the minimum for teacher salaries in the state by $4,000 over the next four years.

Hutchinson on Monday signed the bill to raise the minimum starting salary in 168 of the state's 235 school districts beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The remaining districts are already paying the minimum salary requirements laid out in the legislation.

The new law will raise the minimum teacher salary districts must pay to $36,000 by the 2022-2023 school year.

Hutchinson has called for setting aside $60 million for districts to comply with the new minimum salary requirement.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    February 18, 2019 at 5:19 p.m.

    peanuts well no wonder some kids are illiterate. maybe we need to look at paying for teachers education if they agreed to a contract to teach in Arkansas for a few years.

  • whydoyouask
    February 18, 2019 at 5:39 p.m.

    What about the good ones that are maxed out? Any increase for them?

  • JA40
    February 18, 2019 at 7:21 p.m.

    They should be given 10% across the board....Asa can get NRA to pay for it. The teachers deserve more than this, but the legislature throws our money at 'nothings'.

  • Skeptic1
    February 18, 2019 at 7:28 p.m.

    Failing schools and low test scores? Sure give them another raise and pander some more to teacher's union.

  • arkateacher54
    February 18, 2019 at 10:12 p.m.

    skeptic1 - There really is no teachers union in Arkansas, maybe in one or two districts. I worked in a district that had one and the state department of ed simply decertified it. 36,000 is still pitiful for a college educated person who is asked to do what teachers are asked to do. If you are not a teacher, married to one, child of one, keep your opinion to yourself.

  • jubug
    February 19, 2019 at 1:11 a.m.

    The lower paying schools sure need the bump in pay no doubt but this effort is small not enough because all teachers deserve a raise. However if teachers were really reading the news they would realize how this administration is messing with teacher retirement and they are still getting screwed and retirees should not be getting reduced Cola etc shame on Governor and legislators!!!

  • Foghorn
    February 19, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.

    There was a very dangerous precedent set today in West Virginia where teachers walked out in opposition to a charter school bill, effectively killing it for the foreseeable future. There are no charters in WV and the bill called for the formation of up to 7. So teachers there effectively ensured the status quo moving forward: failing public schools, higher salaries and zero accountability on the part of teachers.

  • Knuckleball1
    February 19, 2019 at 6:29 p.m.

    The Possum Grinning Gov has to come up with the money first.

    I have several teachers in my family and they are all hard working and spend more money than the $4,000 out of their pocket each year for supplies, etc.
    Some teachers in the poor counties this will help but, I agree all Teachers need a raise and many will not.

    This pitiful about was to appease the masses and really doesn't fix the problem.. but the Crooks and Thieves along with the Possum Grinning Gov. really don't care.

  • Foghorn
    February 19, 2019 at 6:49 p.m.

    No reason to pay teachers more unless they accept accountability standards and can be fired if not met. The WV teachers DECLINED an additional 5% pay raise in order to block any charters. Goes to show the issue is accountability and any competition. I’d like to know what the Walton’s plan is if AR teachers take this stance. I hope they have some Reagan-like air traffic controller clean the house sort of plan, but I’m guessing they don’t.