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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs bills raising teacher salaries

One bill raises the average teacher salary in the state by $2,000 over the next two years.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — UPDATE 4/12/2021 - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed two bills Monday to raise the average teacher salaries in the state by $2,000.

That means average teacher pay will go from less $49,822 to $51,822 dollars.

Hutchinson said raising the median salary is an effort to create competitive salaries to bring in more teachers.

Other education bills are now laws, including an increase of school transportation funding, allowing DACA recipients to receive teaching licenses, and requirements for computer science and holocaust education.

You can watch Monday's news conference HERE.


4/7/2021 - The Arkansas Senate approved a bill to raise the average teacher salary in the state by $2,000 over the next two years.

The bill is aimed at helping school districts with pay below the state's average. It also creates the Teacher Salary Equalization Fund.

The state education department said there is a shortage of licensed teachers in several areas of the state, and salaries are a key factor in attracting people to a teaching career.

This site is maintained by the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research, Information Systems Dept., and is the official website of the Arkansas General Assembly.

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