Under New Plan, DeKalb Pre-K Teachers To Get Big Pay Boost

DeKalb pre-K teachers get big pay raises under a plan scheduled to take effect next year.

DeKalb County’s pre-kindergarten teachers will soon get a big pay bump. Under a new plan set to take effect in January, the district will pay pre-K teachers on a regular teacher salary scale. That’s rare in Georgia.

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Stephen Green said the increase is overdue.

“I have a profound appreciation for the impact [pre-K teachers] have on our young people in terms of their social/emotional development, but also how that carries over into their academic performance and gives them that sound and important good first start,” he said.

For some teachers, that will mean an extra $20,000 a year. Under the plan, all DeKalb teachers will get some kind of raise next year. The proposal includes $20 million in raises for teachers.