Illinois House passes bill giving teachers $40K salary minimum by 2023

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTHR) — Illinois lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday to make sure no teacher in the state makes less than $40,000.

House Bill 2078 outlines raises in teacher salary minimums beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. The bill says the school board will pay full-time teachers a minimum of $32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year, $34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year, $37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year, and $40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year.

The bill was first filed in February by Democratic Rep. Katie Stuart. The state's largest teachers' union is in support of it, saying it helps ensure students have "qualified, caring teachers" each day, according to WEEK-TV.

"Better wages bring better teachers, and better teachers mean better schools," Rep. Mike Halpin told WEEK.

WEEK reports the current minimum salary for Illinois is $10,000 a year, or $11,000 if teachers have a master's degree. According to the Illinois State Board of Education , about 6 percent of teachers make less than $40,000 per year.

In Indiana, state legislators introduced a bill to give teachers a $50,000 minimum salary in January.

It has been assigned to the education committee, but there has been no action since.

Indianapolis Public Schools teachers got a pay raise last December for the first time in years. That contract increased pay for first-year teachers to $42,587.

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