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Teachers pack state education meeting on pay changes

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Teachers from across the state gathered Friday in Nashville as the state board of education approved changes to their paychecks.

Dozens of teachers wore red shirts and packed into the meeting, where state education leaders talked about changes to the minimum pay schedule, which dictates the minimum amount a school district must pay a teacher.

For now, having more experience and holding an advanced degree earns teachers more money, but the state is changing that policy in favor of a system they say allows school districts more flexibility to reward high-performing teachers.

"You want me to do more, you want me to be accountable for more and you want to pay me less," said teacher Sarah Kennedy-Harper.

The state emphasizes no teacher will earn less than they currently make, but teachers say the change is essentially a pay freeze that will cost them thousands of dollars over the course of their careers.

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