NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Rep. Gloria Johnson issued a statement today condemning the state school board’s approval of Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to cut teacher pay.
In a meeting Friday, the Tennessee State Board of Education approved the backward proposal, a measure that cuts pay for some teachers as much as $3,000 a year. The new salary scale also reduces pay for teachers with advanced degrees.
From Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville:
“This is an embarrassing day for Tennessee. The huge pay cuts imposed on teachers in this extreme salary schedule will shortchange students by undermining our ability to attract the best and brightest educators to our state for years to come.
“This abuse of power isn’t fair to working and middle class families and it’s an outright attack on our children’s future.
“I want our kids to have great teachers, but we’re not going to be able recruit and retain them if politicians keep cutting teacher pay.
“Instead of doing the hard work of investing in education and paving the way for our state’s next generation of workers and leaders, we’ve seen an irresponsible dedication to cutting corners that hurts our communities.
“It’s past time for a renewed commitment to students, and the best place to start is teachers.”