Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Districts Try to Pay For Raises.(Journal North)

Byline: Angela Turner Journal Staff Writer

New Law Mandates Hikes for Teachers

Piggy banks are shaking around northern New Mexico school districts as superintendents find ways to fund state-mandated pay raises.

As mandated by state law, come December, New Mexico public school teachers will earn no less than $30,000 a year. The law also mandates 6 percent raises for teachers effective in December and 3 percent raises for staff members effective in July.

Districts with minimal operational fund balances, also called cash balances or reserves, are having to find or rearrange money to pay for these raises.

Linda Hale, Raton Public Schools superintendent, said the law forced districts to change the way they do business. …

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