Democrat Leaders Oppose New Teacher Salary Schedule

Democratic leaders oppose the proposal by the state Department of Education that seeks to change the minimum teacher salary schedule, the Memphis Daily News reports. House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, said the proposal could deter individuals looking to teach in Tennessee. According to WATE, the new schedule increases base pay, but reduces incremental pay steps from 21 to four. It also eliminates pay increases for training higher than a Master's degree. The Tennessee Board of Education approved the proposal 6-3 today.