2003 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Puckett
Teacher Salaries to National Average

Item 147 #3s

Item 147 #3s

First Year - FY2003 Second Year - FY2004
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2003 $0 FY2004 $398,579,620 GF

Page 134, line 39, strike "$2,699,348,781" and insert "$3,097,928,401".
Page 133, line 13, after "prevailing salary levels" insert "or national salary average in the case of elementary teachers and secondary teachers".
Page 133, line 18, strike the second occurrance of "$35,384" and insert "$44,449".
Page 133, line 21, strike the second occurance of "$37,337" and insert "$44,449".
Page 143, after line 37, insert:
"k.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that the average classroom teacher salary be improved to match the national average classroom teacher salary. Therefore, the appropriations for Basic Aid include $398,579,620 the second year from the general fund, which funds the state share of the national teacher salary average for elementary and secondary teachers. These funds are appropriated for salary improvement and shall be used by school divisions for their intended purpose."

(This amendment provides $398.6 million for teacher salary improvement, with the goal of achieving the national average for teacher salaries. Currently, the state funded prevailing salary is $35,384 for elementary school teachers and $37,337 for secondary school teachers. The Department of Education's preliminary calculation of the actual average classroom teacher salary is $41,751. The national salary average is $44,499.)