Lawmakers reignite debate about teacher pay in Indiana

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The lawmakers at the Indiana statehouse got back to work on Monday, Jan. 25, after taking all of last week off during inauguration week and with what police said was a heightened risk of violence at state capitol buildings across the country.

“We used an abundance of caution this working with state police chief Doug Carter we chose to not have session,” said Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston to All Indiana Politics on WISH-TV. “We kept people involved in the legislative process say and we’re anxious to get back on Monday and resume our schedule.”

No protesters showed up at all during the whole of last week as Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States.

As lawmakers get back to work, Huston said they are working to make sure they tackle many of the issues Gov. Eric Holcomb laid out in his State of the State address, which took place last Wednesday.

One of those issues is teacher pay. Huston, again believes decisions on how increased money to schools is spent should be left up to the school districts.

“You know we partner with our local school districts, you know, they determine teacher raises,” he said. “They determine the most and best appropriate use for those dollars.”

Statehouse Democrats feel it should be more targeted than that and that legislation should be passed requiring schools to set aside a certain amount of increased funding just for teacher raises.

“We increased education funding by over $763 million in the last bi-annual budget,” Huston said. “It’s always going to remain a strong priority for the House Republican caucus and it will again this year. Over half the state budget goes into K-12 education.”

Huston added that they also plan to look over the findings of a study committee on expanding pregnancy accommodations for working women in Indiana. A bill to address that was denied by the legislature last year.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Sniffy Biden is about to give everyone an effective pay cut when he plays the minimum wage shell game.

    A meal at McDonalds is going to be $15. Gas is going to land at $10/gallon after his energy idiocy and the currency devaluation. Housing prices are going to skyrocket as landlords exit the business en masse.

    I understand that the Democrats are politically compelled to take care of the NEA and teachers unions, since they are solid donors to the Democrats. The question is, what happens to the rest of us under these regressive Democrat policies? Where is our raise?

    Nowhere. We just get to pay more and get less, as usual. But hey, as long as the kids are getting a good education, right? (Uh-oh…)

  2. When I was in college the kids that had no clue why they were going to college all became teachers. The ones that were always on the edge of being kicked out for academics all became gym teachers. Lets reward these teachers with less expectations and more money. That is a great way to fix our already beyond repair public schools. Public schools are the “SWAMP” part 2. The teachers are why it is a “SWAMP” in the first place.

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