The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-need areas. This goal is reorganized for 2021.
Shortage-Subject Areas: Mississippi offers a Teacher Loan Repayment Program. Teachers who have received an alternate route license in a critical shortage-subject area or hold a teaching certificate in any subject area and who agree to teach in a critical geographical shortage area can apply for $12,000 of loan forgiveness ($3,000 payable per year for up to a maximum of four years). However, due to budget constraints, no awards have been made for several years.
High-Need Schools: Mississippi teachers who are National Board Certified are eligible to receive an annual salary supplement of $6,000. The state provides an additional $4,000 stipend for those who teach in critical-needs districts, if funds are available. However, there is no evidence on the state's website that this additional stipend is currently being made available.
Mississippi Teacher Loan Repayment Program https://www.msfinancialaid.org/mtlr/ Mississippi Code 37-19-7 http://www.nbpts.org/sites/default/files/Policy/state_incentive_chart.pdf https://www.mdek12.org/OSF/MasterTeacherProgram
differential pay initiatives for teachers in shortage-subject areas.
Although the state's loan forgiveness program is a desirable recruitment and retention tool for teachers at certain points in their careers, Mississippi should expand its program to include all teachers. A salary differential is an attractive incentive for every teacher, not just early career teachers with education debt.
Prioritize funding for teaching in shortage-subject areas and high-need schools.
Mississippi has articulated policy to support differential pay and should therefore prioritize funding for teachers who teach in shortage-subject areas and high-need schools.
Mississippi recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.
8B: High-Need Schools and Subjects
States should help address chronic shortages and needs. States should ensure that state-level policies (such as a uniform salary schedule) do not interfere with districts' flexibility in compensating teachers in ways that best meet their individual needs and resources. However, when it comes to addressing chronic shortages, states should do more than simply get out of the way. They should provide direct support for differential pay for effective teaching in shortage subject areas and high-need schools. Attracting effective and qualified teachers to high-need schools or filling vacancies in hard-to-staff subjects are problems that are frequently beyond a district's ability to solve. States that provide direct support for differential pay in these areas are taking an important step in promoting the equitable distribution of quality teachers. Short of providing direct support, states can also use policy levers to indicate to districts that differential pay is not only permissible but necessary.