A budget proposal from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards includes over 100-million dollars for teacher pay raises across the state.
If the executive budget goes through, 60-thousand Louisiana teachers, counselors, therapists and school nurses would see a one-thousand dollar a year raise.
The Louisiana Federation of Teachers said pay raises will bring the state closer to the average teacher pay salary for the southern region.
“A pay raise for teachers and school employees in this state means we could hopefully compete with those other states that have recently over the last two or three years given their employees pay raises. We want to be competitive. We want to keep teachers and school employees here in Louisiana,” said Larry Carter, Louisiana Federation of Teachers president.
If the executive budget goes through, teachers could see the pay raises by August, the start of the new school year.