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Senate Democrats Pitch Their Teacher Pay Proposals

Senate Democrats discuss their proposals to increase teacher pay in the 2020 session

Senate Democrats discuss their proposals to increase teacher pay in the 2020 session. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)

Indiana Senate Democrats offered their plans Thursday to boost teacher pay – in both the short term and the long term.

The proposals wouldn’t reduce money from the state’s existing budget.

Sen. Eddie Melton’s (D-Gary) plan would use excess state surplus dollars to put $100 million a year more this school year and next into existing teacher appreciation grants. Melton uses Indianapolis Public School teachers as an example: they currently get an average $350 a year from the grants.

“Under this bill, they would receive over $1,100,” Melton says.

Sen. Karen Tallian’s (D-Ogden Dunes) plan is more ambitious. She wants to change the pace at which the state is paying off a teacher pension fund. It wouldn’t affect those pensions – but it would free up a lot of money.

“This is a 20-year plan that will get you at least $100 million a year,” Tallian says.

Republicans have said steps to increase teacher pay must wait until the 2021 session, in a new budget.

Contact Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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