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Published April 01, 2013, 04:14 PM

ND Dems continue vow to raise teachers' wages

North Dakota Democrats say they will continue to fight to raise the starting teacher wage nearly 10,000 dollars.

North Dakota Democrats say they will continue to fight to raise the starting teacher wage nearly 10,000 dollars.

The current starting teacher salary is 22,500 dollars. It has not been raised since 2003. The Governor included money to raise the starting wage 5,000 dollars. That plan would affect 100 teachers in nine districts, but a group of democrats say that's not enough.

Senator Joan Heckaman says she plans to amend the K-12 funding bill when it comes to the Senate floor later this week. The amendment would make the average starting wage of 32,000 to be the minimum. Heckaman's previous attempts to change the bill have failed.

Sen. Joan Heckaman, (D) New Rockford: "We have top notch teachers coming out of our colleges and universities. Other states covert them. Lets keep them here. These trained individuals are leaving for states with higher salaries, increased benefits and better retirement."

The increase over the Governor's proposal is estimated to cost $4.7 million.

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