The salary gap between what Louisiana teachers earn and the Southern regional average continues to widen. The latest data shows teachers in Louisiana were paid about $51,000 on average for the 2018-19 school year, compared to nearly $55,000 across the 16-state region. Gov. Edwards vowed to reach the average before he finishes his second term in 2024. But the coronavirus outbreak ended discussion of a teacher pay raise this year. Whether efforts will resume next year remains tied to the financial uncertainty of the pandemic.