K-12 DIGEST: New Mexico gives raises to teachers, education staff

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law yesterday a bill that will increase salaries and wages for teachers and educational staff across the state.

Senate Bill 1 will increase the minimum teacher salaries by $10,000 for all levels of experience. Entry-level salaries for teachers now start at $50,000 annually.

“Makes us the highest paid education system in the region, right? Higher than Colorado, higher than Arizona, higher than Utah, higher than Texas and not that it’s a competition – of course, it is because I believe in our educators,” said Lujan Grisham. 

According to the Associated Press, the bill also provides funding for teacher recruitment and pension support. Support already making over the new minimum wage will receive at least a 7% pay increase in future legislation, according to the governor.

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