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BESE approves proposal to raise salaries for teachers and support staff

ByJulie J. Helfer

Mar 9, 2022

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has approved a funding formula that would increase compensation for teachers and support staff.

“We’re trying to catch up here,” said BESE President Jim Garvey.

The reason is due to the shortage of teachers in Louisiana. Since the pandemic, many teachers have developed anxiety and worked for hours due to the increase in technology.

“Other southern states have larger budgets and can afford to pay their educators more than Louisiana,” Garvey said.

Many of our educators left Louisiana, and Garvey says they went to Texas.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter explained how the school funding formula works and the possible outcomes.

He explained that the BESE had approved the Minimum Basic Curriculum (MFP) formula for the coming school year, maintaining the current level of state funding allocated to public schools and increasing the salaries of teachers and the support staff.

The new MFP includes an increase of $1,500 for certified teachers and $750 for uncertified school support staff, reflecting salary increases proposed in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ 2022-23 Executive Budget.

Carter said if the formula request is approved by lawmakers, it will make its way into legislation. If finalized, he says the formula should start making a difference by the end of the summer.