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Raatz: Bill to increase schools’ flexibility in determining teacher raises passes House committee

Contact: Lindsey Ross, Senior Press Secretary 

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) that would give school corporations more flexibility in determining teacher raises recently passed the House Committee on Education 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 Bill 606 would increase this cap to 50%.

“Schools know their teachers best, and increasing this cap would give schools 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, making their salaries more competitive with those of tenured teachers.”

The 33.33% requirement became law in 2011.

SB 606 will now move to the full House of Representatives for consideration.


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