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Arkansas governor signs bill raising minimum teacher pay

February 18, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into a law a measure that will raise the minimum for teacher salaries in the state by $4,000 over the next four years.

Hutchinson on Monday signed the bill to raise the minimum starting salary in 168 of the state’s 235 school districts beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The remaining districts are already paying the minimum salary requirements laid out in the legislation.

The new law will raise the minimum teacher salary districts must pay to $36,000 by the 2022-2023 school year.

Hutchinson has called for setting aside $60 million for districts to comply with the new minimum salary requirement.