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Jul 17, 2013 11:26 AM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Tangipahoa school board approves teacher salaries

AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has approved a 2013-14 salary schedule that puts the school system in compliance with new education laws passed during the 2012 legislative session.

Under the new schedule approved Tuesday night, base teacher salaries begin at $41,000 for teachers with bachelor's degrees and max out at $52,498 for the 28th and final step. Teachers with doctorates start at $44,100 and max out at $57,597.

The Advocate reports the updated schedule also calls for stipends for teachers based on their effectiveness rating.

Teachers working under the value-added model will receive $200 for a rating of highly effective, $150 for effective proficient, and $50 for effective emerging.

For student learning target teachers, the stipends are $150, $100 and $50, respectively.

The state law, known as Act 1, dictates salary schedules for public school teachers based on effectiveness, demand and experience, as well as dictating minimum requirements for teacher tenure, or job protection.

Kevin Crovetto, president of the Tangipahoa Federation of Teachers, applauded the salary schedule, saying it eliminates a three-year plateau in pay and maintains increased compensation for teachers with advanced degrees.

"We thank you for believing in it and continuing that belief in advanced degrees," Crovetto told the board.

Karen Bell, president of the Tangipahoa Association of Educators, assailed the salary schedule, saying it would cause certified teachers to leave the parish for a better pay schedule.

Bell said only teachers on the first three tiers of the schedule will earn step increases. She criticized the difference between the pay for advanced degrees, saying it's not enough to offset the cost of getting a higher degree.

She also said there is a "great disparity" in the stipends for value-added model teachers and student learning target teachers.

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