ATLANTA (AP) - Facing a "critical shortage" of math and
science teachers in Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue sweetened the pot.

The governor signed legislation Wednesday that boosts salaries
for the in-demand educators.

The new law would allow new secondary school teachers with
proper math or science certification to start at the salary of a
fifth year teacher.

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 salary hike will take effect next school year.

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