January 2019 - The Value of Teachers

Louisiana public school teachers returning to the classroom in January, may see a pay increase on the horizon. Governor John Bel Edwards says his top priority for the 2019 legislative session is funding a teacher pay raise. Educators in the South earn an average of $50,955 annually, In Louisiana, the average is $49,745.

But, some teacher advocates already are complaining that the Governor’s proposed $1,000 bump in pay is too low. So, what is an adequate raise? How will a salary increase and teacher retirement costs be funded? Should support staff be included in the mix? And what can local communities expect in exchange for higher teacher pay? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “The Value of Teachers” Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Program recording Wednesday, January 16.)

The panelists are:

  • Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie; Senate Education Committee
  • Michael Faulk, Louisiana Association of School Superintendents
  • Debbie Meaux, Louisiana Association of Educators
  • Donald Songy, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor John Bel Edwards

Beth Courtney, LPB CEO, and Barry Erwin, president of the Council for A Better Louisiana, will host.


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Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

Web Extras:

Web Extras | The Value of Teachers | January 2019

Impact of Teachers

Second-grade Reading teacher Amelia Gilmore describes the value teachers bring beyond the classroom.

Unpaid Overtime

Amelia Gilmore, a second-grade Reading teacher, talks about the additional hours that teachers spend on an average day.

What is the MFP?

Stephen Waguespack, a member of the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) Task Force, explains what the MFP is.

How to Raise Teacher Pay

Stephen Waguespack who leads the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry offers one solution to ensuring higher teacher pay.

Teacher Retirement Benefits

MFP Task Force member Stephen Waguespack says a big piece of the MFP goes towards pension costs.

Flexibility

MFP Task Force member Stephen Waguespack offers his opinion on how a teacher pay increase should be allocated.

Frozen Scales

Keith Courville, head of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, explains why teachers in several districts haven’t seen pay bumps in a decade.

Outcomes are Low

Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, hopes the teacher salary increase debate leads to a broader discussion.