Teacher pay hikes appear unlikely this fiscal year

Article By: Will Sentell | February 10, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Last year, public-school teachers won a surprise, late-session state-funded pay raise.

This year, they may be out of luck.

Gov. Bobby Jindal unveiled his $25 billion operating budget last month for the financial year that begins July 1, including $3.5 billion in state aid for public schools.

The plan features a continuation of the $69 million that lawmakers approved last year, half of which they required to be used for teacher pay hikes.

However, most of the signs this time suggest school districts will be allowed to use the $69 million without any strings, including mandates to boost teacher pay.

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