MDE miscalculated the amount of the teacher pay raise, which resulted in the legislature not appropriating enough funds to cover the cost of the pay raise for all teachers and assistant teachers. It is estimated that an additional $12-$15 million will be necessary to cover the total cost of the raise. All teachers and assistants will receive the raise, but districts will have to cover the unfunded portion until corrective action is taken. MDE did not capture all eligible teachers when it calculated the cost of the pay raise and did not provide data to districts for purposes of verification before providing the estimate to the legislature. MDE is in the process of identifying those teachers and assistant teachers who were not included in the original calculation. MPE will keep our members updated as to developments.