State representative Billy Mitchell wants to see the Georgia General Assembly allocate additional funds for teachers working at schools where there is a high percentage of low-income families.
The legislation titled the “Quality Basic Education Act” calls on legislators to find funds in the budget to allow the State Board of Education to create a program of incentive pay to recruit and retain quality teachers in schools where there is a high number of low-income families.
The bill would allow the State Board of Education to set up incentives by way of salary increases or bonuses but would require a hard line criteria for qualified teachers and schools that could participate.
The bill would also press local boards of education to provide a list of qualified teachers to the Georgia Department of Education
Mitchell wants the local school districts to have specific financial assistance provided. The hope is to ensure that the state academic standards are met by students all around the state regardless of socioeconomic status.