Salary bump for new math, science teachers passed by General Assembly

Math and science teachers would get a salary bump starting next summer under legislation that won final passage from the General Assembly Monday.

The measure, House Bill 280, was proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, who praised the passage Monday. Essentially, new certified math and science teachers would be able to start work in Georgia with the same salary as a fifth-year teacher, in an effort to address a shortage of math and science teachers in the state.

Current match and science teachers with less than 5 years experience would also get bumped up.

The incentives would be available starting with the 2010-2011 school year, though the governor and the legislature would have to budget the extra money before the increased salaries could be paid out.