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Teachers’ base salary raise signed into law

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff

Popular Democratic Party Rep. José Aníbal Díaz Collazo expressed his satisfaction after Gov. Pedro Pierluisi on Wednesday signed into law House Bill 513, of Díaz Collazo’s authorship, which increases the base salary for teachers in the public education system to $2,750 per month.

The measure was unanimously approved in the island House of Representatives on Aug. 31, 2021 during the previous ordinary session. The measure increases the basic salary, which is currently $1,750 per month, for the first time in 14 years.

“I congratulate Puerto Rican teachers for their achievements, their commitment, their vocation and their tireless work,” the legislator said. “I wish to extend my gratitude to the leadership of the teaching profession, to those fellow legislators who believed in the measure from day one and to those who were later convinced along the way, to the public figures who joined the claim, to the presidents of the House and Senate, and to the governor for, finally, changing his position and understanding that it was necessary to do salary justice to Puerto Rican teachers.”

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