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NM gov. plans to raise starting teacher salaries, reward high-performing educators

By: Jamel Valencia
N.M. - High-performing teachers, new teachers and school leaders in New Mexico are getting support from their governor.

On Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced her plan to increase the minimum base salary for teachers by 10 percent and allow every school district to propose a plan to utilize new state funding to reward its high-performing teachers and school leaders.

"It's critical that we raise the starting salaries of New Mexico teachers and, when they're successful in helping our students realize their academic potential, reward their success in a substantial way," said Martinez.

The proposal would raise minimum pay for new teachers, known as Level One teachers, from $30,000 per year to $33,000 per year.

Also under this proposal, school districts would have the option to craft an innovative plan, subject to approval by the state, for raising the compensation of their high-performing teachers and school leaders.

Martinez's compensation proposal will be part of her budget recommendation for the upcoming 2014 legislative session.



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