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Pay Raise Recommended for Maryland Teachers

Khanes Athiratanakran
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Maryland’s top education panel says that the state’s teachers need a pay raise.

WBOC reports that the Kirwan Commission noted currently Maryland educators are making 84 cent compared the dollar in similar professions.

It is recommending at least a 10-percent raise with a minimum teacher annual salary of $60-thousand by the year 2024.

The commission noted that while Maryland has added 385 teachers since 2007 it has seen an additional 40-thousand students enrolled in its schools.

The commission said that state education is under funded by around $2.9 billion or $2 million per school.  

Dorchester Educators Union President Katie Holbrook told the television station that she is hopeful given the new recommendations.

But Eastern Shore Republican Delegate Carl Anderton told the station that finding the money will be challenging.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.