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Raatz: Bill to increase schools’ flexibility in determining teacher raises moves to governor

Contact: Lindsey Ross, Senior Press Secretary 

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2019) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) that would give school corporations more flexibility in determining teacher raises today passed the Senate unanimously.

Under current law, certain factors like years of teaching experience, evaluations and degrees in additional content areas can only account for up to 33.33% when determining teacher raises. Senate Enrolled Act 606 would increase this cap to 50%.

The 33.33% requirement became law in 2011.

“Schools know their teachers best, and increasing this cap would give them more flexibility in determining how factors like these should affect teachers’ salaries,” Raatz said. “The intent of this bill is to drive up new teachers’ salary increases.”

SEA 606 would also allow teachers currently employed by the school corporation to receive a salary adjusted in comparison to starting base salaries of new teachers.

The bill will now move to the governor for consideration.


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