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Governor Parson Signs Bill Increasing Teacher Baseline Pay

A bill that permanently increases the baseline pay for teachers was signed by Governor Mike Parson.  Senate Bill 727 increases the baseline pay for teachers to at least $40,000 a year.  Chillicothe R-II Superintendent Dr Dan Wiebers says the school board has been working on the salary schedule to include increases in starting pay.

Very few are below the $40,000 limit.

Dr Wiebers says there is a fund available to assist districts to meet that minimum.

 There is no requirement for the state to budget for that fund.

The bill also sets a minimum pay for a teacher with a master’s degree and 10 or more years of experience at $48,000 by 2027.