The Missouri House passed an education bill that raises the minimum teacher salary from $25,000 to $38,000 and seeks to increase the state's financial support for school districts' annual operating budgets. The bill will now move to the Missouri Senate.
This week, Governor Doug Ducey signed a measure into law that reduces the prerequisite for entering the teaching profession in the state's public schools to just being enrolled in a college degree program.
House Bill 1283 received final approval from the state House of Representatives on Monday, the penultimate day of the 2021-2022 parliamentary session, with a 159-6 vote.
A modified bill directing $72 million for early literacy initiatives cleared the House on Monday, bringing the state closer to expanding full-day kindergarten options. Efforts to redirect some of a record state budget surplus into full-day kindergarten have resulted in a labyrinth of rival ideas, cross-rotunda talks, and problems to establish a compromise. As the 2022 congressional session approaches its conclusion, Monday's development represents substantial progress toward enacting a plan.
The Arizona Senate has passed a law requiring teachers to post their curriculum online, giving parents the right to see what their children are learning in school.
The governor of New Mexico signed four bills into law that would improve education funding, including significant raises in teacher wages.