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Bureau of Governmental Research Supports May 4 JP Schools Educator Pay Raise Millage

The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) has come out in support of Jefferson Parish Schools’ educator pay raise millage.

“The Jefferson Parish Public School System has returned to voters with a more well developed pay raise proposal than the one voters rejected in 2017,” read the BGR position in favor of the millage. “Revenue from the proposed tax would allow the School System to boost teacher pay to levels that are competitive with other area districts. More competitive salaries would help the School System overcome high teacher turnover and recurring shortages that negatively impact student achievement and drive up costs.”

In addition to the support of BGR, the JP Schools educator pay raise millage has earned the endorsements of the Jefferson Federation of Teachers, Jefferson Business Council, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS, and Westbank Business & Industry Association.

JP Schools is the largest public school system in Louisiana; however, starting pay for teachers in Jefferson Parish currently ranks near the bottom of our region and trails the national average.

The millage, which is an increase of 7.9 mills, will go before Jefferson Parish voters in the May 4 election. Early voting is April 20-27 (except Sunday, April 21) from 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. To learn more, visit jpschools.org/educatorpay.

The Bureau of Governmental Research is a private, nonprofit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Jefferson Parish Schools is the largest and most diverse public school system in Louisiana and the 98th largest in the nation. Our system of 85 schools serve around 50,000 students on both sides of the Mississippi River. With approximately 7,000 employees, JP Schools is one of the largest employers in Jefferson Parish. Our district exists to provide the education our students deserve to succeed in life and make our world a better place.