What People Are Saying About Governor John Bel Edwards’ Teacher Pay Raise

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“… A knock-out win…” “…Euphoria… “First teacher pay raise in a decade…” “The centerpiece of Edwards’ agenda…” “…It will help them focus more on their students…”

Local 33: “Public school teachers would get $1,000 more under this plan, and school support staff another $500 a year. This idea was all brought up by Governor John Bel Edwards, a centerpiece of his State of the State Address.”
 
Livingston Superintendent Joe Murphy (via Livingston Parish News): “I’ve experienced a little bit of euphoria. It’s been nearly a decade since our employees have been addressed on any recurring basis. […] Keeping these funds in the MFP allows for stability, we know these funds will be there.”

WWLTV: “Teachers will tell you they don’t do it for the money. But knowing there’s a raise waiting for them next school year, they say it will help them focus more on their students rather than their finances.”
 
Fox 8: “A big win for Governor John Bel Edwards at the State Capitol. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives went along with Edwards’ plan for giving teachers and support workers a pay raise.”

Monroe Area Teacher Janet Ward (via KARD): “It’s also going to encourage other teachers to come into the profession and stay in Louisiana.”

Fox 8: “Supporters of the teacher pay raise and increased funding for school districts say investing in education is critical to Louisiana attracting good jobs.”

KPLC: “… That allowed lawmakers to prioritize investments for the first time in almost a decade. In a knock-out win for Governor John Bel Edwards, the new plan requires lawmakers to pay teachers $1,000 more, and invest an extra $40 million into local schools that some districts will use to give even better raises.”
 
The Advocate: “Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards scores big win as teacher pay raises clear crucial step.”
 
Associated Press: “The pay raises and district increases were the centerpiece of Edwards’ agenda for the two-month legislative session. Edwards, who is running for reelection with the support of the teachers unions, described the raises as a ‘down payment’ on a multiyear plan aimed at boosting teacher salaries to the regional average.”

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