Atlanta Public Schools continues to make investments in our employees through our competitive compensation strategy. For the 2021-22 school year, we increased our compensation budget by $24 million in a combination of adjustments to our salary schedules and the use of one-time investments such as stipends.
This year all eligible employees received a step increase, which equated to an average increase of about 1.5%. Teachers with 5 – 15 years of teaching experience will see additional increases, averaging about $3,500 or 5.8%. This investment will help address low points in the teacher salary schedule and maintain competitiveness in the metro Atlanta region.
We are also making investments in employee pay in high needs subject areas, starting with special education, and in high needs schools, as defined by poverty, to help attract and retain experienced educators.
For additional information on these investments, please review our: