If elected governor, Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, pledged on Sunday to raise the minimum yearly pay of Georgia’s public school teachers to $50,000.
In a series of tweets, Abrams outlined her four-year proposal in a series of tweets, including a promise to raise Georgia teacher pay to $73,500 on average by the end of the current school year. According to her projections, Georgia would rise to the top 10 in the country, according to her projections.
A teacher’s basic salary in Georgia now stands at $39,000.
According to Abrams’ plan, the minimum wage would rise by about $11,000. In the weeks leading up to the 2018 election, Brian Kemp promised to raise teacher salaries by $5,000. Gov. Kemp approved a record $30.2 billion state budget this year, which includes the last piece of his promised pay boost for teachers. Abrams and Kemp are set to square off once again in the Georgia governor’s race in November of this year.