CAYCE, S.C. (AP/WSPA) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he want to give all the state’s teachers a $3,000 raise.
McMaster announced his proposal Tuesday to seek the raises in next year’s budget.
The governor said the raises would cost a total of $211 million and should propel the average South Carolina teacher’s salary into the top 25 nationally and about $2,500 over the Southeast average.
Such a raise also would boost the minimum teacher salary in South Carolina to $38,000 and the average teacher salary in the state to about $56,000.
“We have a lot of great people who want to go into one of the greatest professions which is teaching but they just can’t make it last,” said McMaster.
“They don’t want to do it for the money but they can’t do it without the money. We’re fixing that now.”
Teacher group SC for Ed says it is a good start, but wants lawmakers to also pay attention to class size, excessive testing and other issues.