teacher pay

Gov. Eric Holcomb is defending his timeline to hold off on taking significant statewide action on teacher pay raises until 2021, despite calls from teachers to send more funding support to schools in 2020 when lawmakers aren’t likely to open the state budget.

The chairman of the governor’s commission on teacher compensation says Indiana got teacher pay right once, and can do it again, but it won’t be soon.

Lawmakers wrapped up the 2019 legislative session with passage of a new, two-year state budget and a major gambling bill. But a vaping tax couldn’t make it to the finish line.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

2019 Session: Quiet With Few Major Controversies

Apr 25, 2019
The bill will fund adult high school diploma programs based on performance – not just enrollment. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A lot of Indiana lawmakers described the 2019 session the same way – it was a quiet one, with no big blowups or major controversies that typically characterize the General Assembly’s annual term. 

Indiana teachers push lawmakers for more money for schools

Apr 16, 2019
Michael Conroy / Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some Indiana teachers don't believe the latest Republican-backed state budget plan does enough to support public schools — and legislative leaders are warning that they might even be faced with tightening up that spending proposal.

Hundreds of teachers and supporters of public education rallied at the statehouse Saturday to call for better pay and school funding, because many say the state isn’t doing enough.

Lawmakers: We Need More Data To Address Teacher Pay

Feb 8, 2019

Teacher groups and policymakers want more people to see teaching as a serious profession, and say increasing pay is part of the equation. And while lawmakers are working to address a host of teacher-focused issues, they also say a number of unknowns remain.

One part of Indiana Republicans’ approach to increase teacher pay statewide is being met with a wave of concerns: teachers and other school advocacy groups say it could limit local control, and, doesn’t do much to ensure more money for educators.

Members of the Indiana House Republican Caucus present their 2019 legislative agenda. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Indiana House Republicans will prioritize driving more dollars to the classroom to help boost teacher pay this legislative session. The caucus rolled out its 2019 legislative agenda Monday.

House Minority Leader Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) gives a floor speech on the 2019 session's opening day. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislative leaders of both parties kicked off the new session Thursday with messages of bipartisanship. But it’s also clear where some of 2019’s dividing lines will be.

Holcomb to Push for Short and Long Term Teacher Raises

Dec 12, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants to raise teacher salaries in the long and the short term. Last week, Holcomb drew criticism after saying he may delay the issue until 2021. 

"We’ve got to identify hundreds of millions of dollars and the means to get it into teacher paychecks," Holcomb says, "It's going to require a multi-budget effort and I'm committed to addressing the short-term and solving the long-term issue at hand."

Teacher Pay A Top Issue For State Lawmakers

Nov 20, 2018

Lawmakers are gearing up for the upcoming legislative session, and a big topic on their minds is teacher pay. The general assembly will craft the state’s two year budget during the session, and that includes school funding support.