Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen visits a classroom at Peyton Forest Elementary School on the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. AJC file photo by BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com
Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

Atlanta school board approves additional teacher pay raise

Atlanta teachers will receive a bigger raise than the district initially approved. 

The Atlanta school board on Monday agreed to give teachers an additional pay increase that will bring the average raise from $2,000 to $3,000. 

The Atlanta Public Schools budget for the 2019-2020 school year, as approved in June, had only enough money to provide an average $2,000 increase for teachers. The district said it would need millions more than what APS receives from the state to cover the $3,000 per teacher raise recommended in the state budget and backed by Gov. Brian Kemp. 

But after the board approved the budget, APS officials revised local revenue projections based on updated Fulton County property values. The district now expects to receive $7.5 million more in local property tax revenue than it first expected. 

On Monday, the school board voted to adjust the budget so that it can provide an average pay raise of $3,000 for teachers, or 4.85%, plus additional compensation for other employees. 

APS teachers will receive their new pay rate starting with their first paycheck of the school year on Aug. 30.

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