NM legislative panel approves bill to increase teacher, principal minimum pay

Las Cruces News
Las Cruces Public Schools are beaming with joy after a key legislative committee voted to approve a proposal that would increase the minimum salary pay for public school teachers and principals.
 
Democratic governer Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proposal was reviewed by the house of education committee last week.
 
This would promise to raise all public schools teachers’ and principals’ salaries. That would mean an increase from $36,000 to about $40,000 by the year 2020.
 
“This will absolutely help us attract the best in the profession and if we can retain those teachers, the more that we invest in them through professional development the better they’ll become, so having that salary that helps us do that is a big plus,” said Taryn Landin, Las Cruces Public Schools Chief of Staff.
 
This even has LCPS teacher of the year David Nunez looking forward to what the raise will bring.
 
“Every time you’ve got a competitive salary, you’re going to get some good people that are going int the profession or already in the profession, I think this pay raise is well earned and well deserved, and I’m glad it happened,” said Nunez.
 
No date has yet been set, but the bill will now head to the Senate finance committee. 

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