When the House Education Committee this afternoon rejected the proposed budget from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, sending it back for revisions, some took the action as a rejection of proposed teacher pay raises. State Rep. Reid Falconer (R-Mandeville) said that is not the case.
“The $101 million for teacher and support staff pay raises has been allocated in House Bill 105,” said Falconer, who serves on the Appropriations Committee. “The Legislature has asked the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to revisit the FY 2019-20 Minimum Foundation formula adopted on March 13. I stand firmly behind teacher pay raises this year, but I also won’t vote for allocations without further discussion on the priorities of our education system, particularly with regard to early childhood education.”