STATEHOUSE (June 9, 2020) – The Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB) recently released its annual report on Indiana teacher pay, which shows it increased significantly last school year, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington).
In the 2019 budget bill, the Indiana General Assembly used $150 million to pay down school's teacher pension obligations, freeing up dollars for schools to use for other purposes. This buy-down contributed to raises for many Hoosier teachers, with 93% of school corporations reporting that they used at least some of the pension contribution savings to increase teacher compensation.
"This report is an important measurement on how Indiana is actively improving teacher pay," Zay said. "This is a substantial step in my plan to make Indiana the top ranked state for teacher pay. I will continue my mission on advocating for more funds regarding teacher pay, building on my work on Senate Bill 142."
SB 142, which Sen. Zay authored in the 2020 session, would have removed obstacles for schools by allowing them to claim Medicaid reimbursements for services being provided to qualifying students with Individualized Education Programs and in special education services.
The average teacher salary in Indiana grew more than 5% last year, reaching $55,499.
IEERB's statewide report can be found online here. Click here to search for numbers from individual school districts.
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