OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Governor John Bel Edwards proposed FY21 operating budget was released Friday.
$25 million will be allocated towards early childhood education and over $30 million will be allotted for higher education. Source: (KNOE)
Out of all the money and line items, teachers couldn’t help but notice the pay raise he promised during his campaign, was not included.
“To not see it in this year's budget was very, very, very disappointing, to say the least," said Sandie Lollie, the Monroe Federation of Teachers and School Employees president.
Lollie said she and other teachers rallied behind Gov. Edwards during his campaign as he promised to include a teacher pay raise.
According to the proposal, $25 million will be allocated towards early childhood education and over $30 million will be allotted for higher education.
Lollie acknowledged the win for schools and curriculum but said there needs to be a guaranteed item for pay raises as promised.
"If the money is given to the districts and not designated to the pay raises for teachers and support, it may not go there," she said.
She said hopefully teachers and other school employees can get their own increase included in the next draft.
"I would like to think that the silver lining down the road is, it will become a line item in the budget."
To read the full budget proposal click here.