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IPS School Board ratifies collective bargaining agreement, giving teachers 3% raise

Teachers could see an average of $2,900 to $5,300 more over two years.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Public School teachers will officially get a raise as part of a new two-year agreement with the district.

Teachers will receive an average 3% increase in each of the two years.

Depending on experience, they could see an average of $2,900 to $5,300 more over two years.

There will also be an increase in the retirement savings plan investment for teachers and in starting pay.

The district will be making a $12 million investment over the new two-year contract set to be approved Thursday.

In the 2019 contract, the district increased pay ranges for teachers to $45,200 to $82,800 in the first year and $47,800 to $90,000 in the second year.

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Before the vote was ratified, parents, students and former students had the opportunity to speak to the board. Everyone who addressed the board expressed support for the collective bargaining agreement. 

IPS also reported enrollment at schools across the district is rebounding to previous levels, though data presented at an IPS School Board meeting shows that can vary across grade level.

Enrollment in grades K-6 is not recovering at the same rates, and is still lower than pre-COVID enrollment at every level level except first grade.

There is also steady enrollment at district managed high schools, and increasing enrollment at IPS Innovation High Schools.

Research also showed the changing demographics at IPS schools. 

While high demand choice schools are struggling to diversify and represent the overall demographics of their district, data showed high schools are diversifying over time. 

The IPS School Board approved the IEA Collective Bargaining Agreement on Thursday. 

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