Gov. Kemp Proposes Pay Increase for K-12 Teachers

ATLANTA, Ga. (WDEF) — Governor Kemp proposed a $2,000 pay increase for K-12 teachers and certified personnel on Thursday, according to the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).

Governor Brian Kemp announced the proposed increase to teacher salaries as part of his inaugural remarks, PAGE said.

They say this increase would be an addition to the $5,000 salary increase delivered in Kemp’s first term.

Kemp explained that high turnover, burnout and a need for competitive state salaries are reasons for the proposed increase. He says the proposal will be part of his budget recommendations that are scheduled to be released tomorrow.

“There is no doubt that a salary increase would assist with recruitment and retention of excellent educators for Georgia’s children,” PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper said. “In a recent survey of PAGE members, 84 percent of participants reported difficulty in covering living expenses with their existing salary – with 45 percent taking on a second job to make ends meet, and 43 percent supplementing their income with additional paid assignments. All respondents ranked inadequate salary among their top three reasons for leaving the profession.”

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