On the Ballot

Voters to decide Jefferson Parish teacher pay raise on May 4

By Jennifer Crockett

Source: WDSU

April 9, 2019

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. —Voters in Jefferson Parish will soon decide if they want to pay more in property taxes to fund teacher pay raises. The property millage is on the May 4 ballot.

The proposition would 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.

“This is about the future of Jefferson Parish,” Brumley said. “This is about a quality education system that can have a great impact on healthcare, on lower crime rates, on property values across-the-board. So even if you don’t have a child in Jefferson Parish Public Schools, you benefit from a quality public school system. Right now, unfortunately, we’re not able to afford the workforce to make that happen.”

The 10-year, 7.9 mills proposition is gaining new support from the non-partisan group, the Bureau of Governmental Research. On Tuesday, they released a study on the proposal and their 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 they said it lacked specific analysis of funding problems in the Jefferson Parish School System.

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