Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education backed the K through 12 public school financing formula Edwards proposed for the upcoming school year.
A final vote will come tomorrow.
Then, the formula will move to state lawmakers.
The $3.8 billion dollar formula includes $140 million dollars in new spending, with $101 million earmarked for raises.
Teachers and certificated personnel would receive $1,000 dollar salaray hikes, while support staff such as cafeteria workers and bus drivers would get $500 dollars more.
The average teacher earns $49,745 in Louisiana, according to comparative data.
The Governor has said that’s about $2,200 dollars a year LESS than the southern regional average.