POSTED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 5:59pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 6:00pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A ten percent pay raise could soon be a reality for starting teachers in New Mexico after a proposal to better recruit and keep teachers in the state.
Governor Susana Martinez is proposing to raise the minimum pay for new teachers to $33,000 as opposed to the current minimum salary of $30,000.
Las Cruces Public Schools currently pays their starting teachers about two hundred dollars more than the proposed minimum.
The governor's plan would also incentivize high performing teachers by allowing each district to set up its own stipend program.
If approved by the legislature in January, this would be the first pay raise statewide for new teachers since 2004.