Indiana teachers make an average of $50,614 per year
How much teachers in Indiana should be paid has long been an issue. While there are no easy answers on the topic Governor Eric Holcomb has been leading on the issue since his January 2019 State of the State address.
In that speech, the Governor made two significant announcements. First, he proposed the state pay off $140 million of teacher pension liabilities so that local districts would have money freed up that they could use to pay teachers more.
“I believe local school districts should allocate 100 percent of this $140 million to increasing teacher paychecks.”-Governor Eric Holcomb
“Just like paying off your mortgage frees up money in your personal budget, this state investment will save all local schools $140 million over the biennium,” he said. “I believe local school districts should allocate 100 percent of this $140 million to increasing teacher paychecks.”
Holcomb was clear it was his desire that all the money made available by this move be used by local districts to increase teacher pay. However, in Indiana it is up to local school boards to set teacher pay.
Next Level Teacher Pay Commission
Second, the Governor announced the creation of the Next Level Teacher Pay Commission. This Commission, headed by business and civic leader Mike Smith, would gather information from teachers, community and school leaders, as well as the general public as to how to make Indiana’s teacher pay more competitive.
$50,614 average teacher salary(National Education Association)
“I’ll bet everyone here had a teacher who had a profound impact on your life. I’ve had several,” Holcomb said. “One way to attract and retain some of those teachers is to make teacher pay more competitive.”
The commission is scheduled to have recommendations about teacher pay in time for the 2021 legislative session. According to the Governor’s office, both the Governor and the Commission are committed to raising teacher pay in Indiana and making it more competitive with neighboring states.
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