Cobb County Schools officials said every full-time employee will receive raises between 8% and 12%, which would be more for each teacher than Kemp's pledge. Starting pay for a beginning teacher with a bachelor's degree is $43,465, so an 8% increase for that person would be $3,477.
Clayton County Public Schools employees on the teacher pay scale will receive $3,000 and a salary-step increase. Other employees also will see raises as well.
In Atlanta Public Schools, teachers will see a raise — but the average pay increase will be $2,000.
District officials said APS needs about $4 million more than it will receive from the state to fully fund a $3,000-per-teacher raise. That’s because APS employs more teachers and other staff than are covered by the state and because the state money the district receives is reduced by the “local fair-share” funding formula, which distributes money to poorer districts.
The APS decision troubled teachers groups, who said the district should find a way to pay for the full $3,000 raises.
Atlanta school leaders pledged to provide more generous raises to teachers retroactively if the district ends up receiving more revenue. One potential funding source could be the City of Atlanta. The city and school district signed an agreement in January to resolve a dispute over the use of future school property taxes as development incentives. In return, the city agreed to pay the district millions of dollars over the coming years.
But APS officials said they need assurances the city will make those payments before building those dollars into the district's budget.
“As we receive confirmation that the city has honored the (agreement), it is our plan to fully fund the teacher raises,” Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a written statement.
Fulton County teachers will receive the $3,000 salary increase plus a mid-year step increase, which will go into effect in January.
The district estimates that all employee salary increases will cost about $38 million, of which the teachers’ portion is about $29.5 million.
“We watched with interest as Gov. Kemp recommended, along with concurrence by the Georgia General Assembly, a $3,000 salary increase for teachers,” Fulton County Board of Education president Linda Bryant said in a written statement. “We are delighted to share that increase, as well as an additional mid-year increase next January for those employees who meet the approved criteria.”
In Gwinnett, salary improvements for employees for the upcoming school year will include a $3,000 cost-of-living increase for all employees paid on the teacher salary schedule; a 2% cost-of-living increase for all employees not paid on the teacher salary schedule; and a salary-step increase for all eligible employees.
Nearly all (95%) current teachers are expected to get a salary-step increase in addition to the $3,000.
“These salary improvements will begin with our employees’ first paycheck for the coming school year,” said spokeswoman Sloan Roach.