Teacher pay bill opposed by Indiana unions faces uncertain fate

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A contentious legislative proposal that would give school districts authority to negotiate higher pay with individual teachers faces an uncertain fate in the Indiana Legislature.

Republican Senate leader David Long said Thursday that the measure was dead because it was widely opposed by teacher unions and school administrators.

But a similar bill that was already approved by the Senate is currently before that GOP-controlled House. They could vote in favor, sending it to the governor’s office for approval.

Republican House Education Committee chairman Bob Behning has scheduled that bill for a committee hearing Monday. He could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

Supporters of the Republican-backed bill say it would help districts recruit teachers in high-demand subjects such as science, math and special education.