Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press Published 10:14 a.m. CT July 9, 2020


Republican gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov Tate Reeves discusses teacher pay in Mississippi with the Clarion Ledger. Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed most of the state education budget for the new fiscal year because it would have changed a bonus pay plan for some teachers.

Republican Reeves announced that and other vetoes late Wednesday.

The education budget, House Bill 1700, would have altered a program that gives extra pay to teachers in schools that show improvement or that are consistently high-performing. Reeves wrote that 23,157 teachers would lose money they have already earned.

“This is a

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