Rep. Becky Currie Preps Bill To Cut MDE Superintendent Salary In 2018 Session

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 5th, 2017 at 10:27 pm

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Filed Under: Becky Currie, Education, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Spending, Superintendents

Mississippi finally ranked first in education — but not necessarily in a good way.

The state’s Superintendent of Education Carey Wright is the highest paid state school chief in the country. Her salary of over $300,000 a year, according to Education Week, breaks down to about $6,000 a week.

Wright pulls in more than twice the salary of Gov. Phil Bryant.

With Mississippi consistently ranked near the bottom in education in the country, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, wants some changes to the next superintendent’s salary.

“I’ve written a bill that will come up in the next Legislature in January that will cut the salary back when the next state superintendent takes office,” Currie said. “I can’t take away what they are making now, but this will be put into place to ensure future superintendents aren’t making that salary.”

In Currie’s bill, she cuts the salary down to $250,000 annually to start, and any increase would go before the Legislature for approval.

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