ATLANTA (AP) - The House signed off on final changes to a plan
that boosts the pay of certified math and science teachers.

The proposal would allow new secondary school teachers with
proper certification to start at the salary of a fifth-year teacher.

That's a boost of about $4,561, to $37,985 a year, under the
state salary schedule.

The teacher's salary would then continue to rise a step every year for five years.

After that, the increase would be tied to student performance.

The proposal has already passed both chambers and now goes to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The governor is pushing the measure, so it's unlikely to face a problem winning his signature.

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