JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi's largest teachers union has called for a statewide walkout starting Monday to protest the Legislature's failure to provide a $7,000 pay raise over two years.
It would be the first widespread teachers' walkout in Mississippi, where the average teacher salary of $16,000 is the lowest in the nation.
The Mississippi Assn. of Educators, which represents half of the 26,000 public schoolteachers in the state, says the $7,000 raise is needed to bring teacher salaries to the Southeastern average. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide $4,000 in raises over three years.
Herman Coleman, the association's interim executive director, said 17 of 19 members of the board of directors conferred before making the strike decision.