Arkansas House backs minimum teacher salary increase, including North Central delegation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas House has approved a plan to raise the
minimum salary school districts must pay teachers by $4,000 over the next four

The House on Thursday voted 91-0 for the proposal to raise the minimum teacher
salary to $36,000 by the 2022-2023 school year. Online records indicate Representatives Nelda Speaks of Mountain Home, Jack Fortner of Yellville, John Payton of Wilburn, Michelle Gray of Melbourne and Marsh Davis of Cherokee Village were among the 91 supporting the bill.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has called for setting aside $60 million for school districts that are paying less than the new minimum requirements to comply with the legislation.

The money would go toward 168 districts that aren't paying the minimum pay laid
out in the legislation. The sponsor of the bill says 67 school districts are
paying more than $36,000 as their minimum salary.

The measure now heads to the Senate.

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