Despite the fact that the legislature has only agreed to a $1,500 rise for teachers, Governor Edwards is still pushing for a $2,000 hike. He assures that Louisiana is financially capable of paying more.
A $350 million boost in tax income is expected by the conclusion of the fiscal year, according to the Revenue Estimating Conference, which released its findings last month. In the fiscal year that starts in July, the state may expect to receive $104 million of that money.
According to Gov. Edwards, if Louisiana wants to remain competitive, it must raise teacher salaries.
John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, remarked, “We are in competition for teachers.” “And there’s already a shortage of them.”
“Fewer students are pursuing degrees in education. The time teachers spend in the classroom is being shortened. The state of Mississippi just increased its minimum wage by $5,000. Make sure you’re doing everything you can, and you’ll be OK “Gov. John Bel Edwards made the statement.
According to the National Education Association, Louisiana’s typical teacher earns $52,000 per year.
On the teacher salary nationally, Louisiana is ranked 43rd.