ERIC Number: ED461645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on Teacher Salaries: An Update on Average Salaries and Recent Legislative Actions in the SREB States.
Gaines, Gale F.
Focused state efforts have helped teacher salaries in Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states move toward the national average. Preliminary 2000-01 estimates put SREB's average teacher salary at its highest point in 22 years compared to the national average. The SREB average teacher salary is approximately 90 percent of the national average. Delaware and Maryland have average teacher salaries above the national average. Many SREB states have adopted goals to raise teacher pay over several years. Average salaries in Georgia and North Carolina increased steadily because of multi-year commitments. South Carolina continued its long-term commitment to maintain its salary average at or above the southeastern average. Mississippi passed legislation to increase average teacher salaries 29 percent by year 2005-06. Delaware passed an educator accountability plan in 2000 which included a new, increased salary schedule. Arkansas adopted a 2-year plan to raise teacher pay by $3,000. In Maryland, salary increases are determined through collective bargaining. Nearly all SREB states provide bonuses to teachers who earn national certification. Louisiana's legislature planned to give teachers a $2,000 raise in 2001-02. The Oklahoma legislature approved a $3,000 pay raise for 2000-01. In most SREB states, average salaries improve when cost of living is considered. (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.