2019 Legislative Update

Lawmakers from across Arkansas convened at the State Capitol in Little Rock today to kick off the 92nd General Assembly.

A handful of public education related bills were filed prior to the legislative session. You can find the bills AEA is tracking on our website.

Today also saw House Education Chair, Bruce Cozart, file a bill to increase teacher pay.   This bill is in accordance with Governor Hutchinson's previously announced teacher pay plan.  

The bill would increase the starting minimum teacher salary for a bachelor's degree holder from $31,800 to $32,800.  The bill would increase the starting minimum teacher salary for a master's degree holder from $36,450 to $37,450.  Both the bachelor's degree and master's degree minimum salary schedules include the increase throughout the 15 steps and, if passed, would be in effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

Tomorrow, the House and Senate will meet jointly at 10:30 to hear an address by Governor Hutchinson, which may be viewed HERE.

Kristy Cates