Certified math and science teachers in Georgia public schools could see more money under a bill approved by the Senate on Thursday.
House Bill 280 is part of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s legislative priorities for the year, and would allow new math and science teachers to start at a salary usually given to teachers with several years of experience.
The bill would cost $9.9 million per year if funded, said Sen. Dan Weber (R-Dunwoody). Some teachers could also get a stipend, Weber said. The pay raises would take effect in the 2010-2011 school year if the Legislature gives the money for the program in the 2011 budget, he said.
Because the Senate made a small change, the House must still approve the legislation.