ATLANTA (WSBTV) — More money could be coming for Georgia educators.
Governor Brian Kemp wants to give teachers and school employees, a $1,000 bonus for their work during the pandemic. He made the announcement during his State of the State address on Thursday.
“And today, I’m proud to announce that, working closely with State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the state will provide additional support to school system re-opening efforts, equating to a one-time supplement of $1,000 per teacher and other employees,” Kemp said.
Also in the address, Kemp said there will be no tax increases or additional budget cuts.
Kemp also wants to restore more than half of the cuts made to K-12 education last year.
“Yes, we still have challenges ahead, a virus to beat, and economy to rebuild and restore, but my fellow Georgians, the state of the state is resilient, and we will endure,” Kemp said.
In 2020, Kemp pushed for a $2,000 pay raise for teachers but the Georgia House cut the raise to $1,000 during its budget. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced lawmakers to cut the education budget, including the raises.
Georgia Democrats have criticized Kemp’s handling of the pandemic and for delays getting the vaccine out.