Education Committee passes a bill to raise teacher salary

At the Indiana Statehouse, the House Education committee passed a bill last week that introduces a raise in classroom spending. The plan for where funding may come from still lies ahead.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 7:07 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 9:59 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)— The House of Education committee passed a bill that would raise teachers salaries. But this raises questions on where the money will come from.

House Bill 1003 states that only 15 percent of the education funds be used for operations. 85 percent should be spent in the classroom. Superintendent of West Lafayette Schools Rocky Killion says that in order to do this, more funding must be provided. 

''I think spending works both ways. And so if you want schools to spend differently. I also think that the state of Indiana can spend differently on public education'' says Killion. 

Killion says that requiring schools to raise teacher salaries without extra funding to do so would cause for funds to be pulled from other programs and departments such as special education, custodial, and maintenance. 

'' We're the number one nation in the world. Losing teachers by year five of their profession. And all the research shows that in order for a teacher to reach their optimal level of performance. They need to be in their eigth to tenth year, because practice breeds success.''

While this bill brings positive qualities to the table. Killion is worried about the financial hurt it may bring on local school systems. 

" In this country we spend 1.7 billion dollars in standarized testing.''

The bill still stands at the beginning stages of the process. Killion believes that there are things that can be done locally to help this issue.

''Local communities still need to get involved. I think parents need to get involved. I think constituents need to get involved with this discussion. I also believe the more school districts need to engage their local representatives. The bottom line is we all need to come together. And do whats best for our students. And for our teachers and for our respective communities."

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