On the Ballot

Jefferson Parish residents vote to give teachers pay raises


Source: WDSU

May 4, 2019

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. —Residents of Jefferson Parish voted to adopt a pay raise for teachers in the parish.

A pay raise for all teachers at Jefferson Parish schools passed with nearly 80% of the vote.

The proposition will raise teachers’ pay at Jefferson Parish public schools an average of $3,600 per year, with new teachers at poorly performing schools receiving the biggest increases.

School support staff would also receive more money.

All employees of the school system would be paid at least $15 per hour under the proposal.

Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley outlined a specific spending plan for the new revenue that goes along with his goal to transform the C-rated district into an A-rated one by 2024.

The 10-year, 7.9 mills proposition gained support from the nonpartisan group, the Bureau of Governmental Research prior to the election.

The group released a study on the proposal and its reasons for supporting it.

Read the report by clicking here.

An across-the-board pay raise tax proposal failed to pass in 2017. That proposition did not have the support of the Bureau of Governmental Research because the group said it lacked specific analysis of funding problems in the Jefferson Parish School System.

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