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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Pay raises for Mississippi public school teachers are close to becoming law.

The full House and Senate passed House Bill 504 Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration.

The plan calls for teachers to get two across-the-board pay raises worth $2,500 and then be eligible for merit payments in 2016-2017.

House and Senate negotiators agreed to the plan Monday.

The bill includes a $1,500 raise that would begin July 1, and a $1,000 raise that would follow in the budget year beginning in 2015.

The third year would give $100 per student to schools rating “A” on the state’s A-to-F grading system, or to schools advancing a grade. Schools rated “B” would get $75 per student. Money would go to merit payments for all teachers and employees.


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