Jefferson Parish votes in favor of teacher pay raise

Jefferson Parish votes in favor of teacher pay raise
(Source: wdam)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish teachers will be getting a raise now that voters approved a measure to raise property taxes to fund public education by $28 million Saturday (May 4).

With 72 percent of the votes in favor of the millage, the starting salary of a public school teacher could raise by $6,000 to $46,000 a year. The approval comes just over a year after a similar measure failed.

Jefferson Parish boasts the largest public school system in the state, with roughly 50,000 students. However, the parish ranks 47th in performance out of Louisiana’s 71 school systems, and supporters of the millage say low teacher pay is at least partially to blame.

Voters in Jefferson Parish also approved the renewal of the Coroner’s Office tax Saturday (May 4). In Orleans Parish, voters approved a millage to increase funding for parks. In St. Tammany, a school safety tax won the vote, designated to fund police officers and mental health resources on public school campuses, as well as fund a $175 million technology and construction project.

For a full list of election results, click here: Live Election Results.

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