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Teachers Rally At State Capitol For Pay Raise

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A big Monday afternoon rally outside the state Capitol.

Teachers from across Mississippi gathered to urge lawmakers to pass an across the board pay raise for educators.

Seven years. That’s how long it's been since teachers in the state saw an increase in their pay.

And classroom instructors in the state are some of the lowest paid in the nation.

Organizers also want the governor and the legislature to fully fund MAEP, Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the formula used to distribute tax dollars to school districts across the state.

Among those attending the event, a group of young teachers.

They told us they believe they deserve more money in their paychecks because they are now required to do much more work with the new

Common Core standard.

Others say it’s about survival. Some teachers struggling to make ends meet are forced to take on a second job.

After the rally, a group of state lawmakers joined the head of the state's largest teachers group and parents inside the capitol for a news conference on the subject.   

Supporters say since house speaker Philip Gunn first expressed his interest in the issues last month, the push for a pay raise has been gaining momentum.

But there could still be some big hurdles. Governor Bryant and Lt. Governor Reeves support a merit based teacher pay hike.  

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