As a son of a hard-working teacher, I am happy to see this news.

My mother has been a teacher at a local middle school for quite some time. She works so incredibly hard, as does every teacher in the Ark-La-Tex. It's no secret that the majority of us would agree that teachers are massively underpaid. These are individuals that have made incredible sacrifices in their own lives, to pour their knowledge and leadership into our youth.

That, in my mind, is an extremely selfless line of work, and a career that deserves to be rewarded with an equally worthy salary. They deserve it, and if Gov. Edwards gets his way, they'll get it.

Donald Songy, who is the Governor's policy advisor when it comes to education, had this to say: "The Governor is working on increasing teachers' salaries until we reach the southern regional average." He then continued by clarifying when these proposed raises would come, saying, "The raises will take place for the 2019-2020 school year."

We'll let you know if/when this becomes concrete, after all, it is long overdue.