Arika Herron Indianapolis Star Published 6:56 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 The Republican plan to raise Indiana teacher pay and stem the tide of those leaving the field — for other professions or other places — got a tough first vetting Wednesday, while clearing an initial hurdle. House Bill 1003 passed the House Education Committee, 9-3, despite criticism from Democrats, education officials and some school groups to the GOP’s call for schools to raise teacher pay by spending differently, rather than by giving them more money. Two additional bills to fund new programs to bolster the profession passed unanimously, moving forward the slate of legislation aimed at fulfilling one of Statehouse leadership’s top priorities. Critics are questioning whether it will really have the intended impact, though. “There is no real correlation between this bill and teacher pay,” said Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis. Even though Republicans reached across the aisle as they drafted the proposals, and worked with the state’s largest teachers union, their plan was criticized by those who still want to see a guarantee to raise pay for all of Indiana’s teachers. Instead, the bill suggests that schools spend at least 85 percent of the money given to them for education expenses in the classroom. Want more… Read full this story
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