The teacher pay raise bill has once again passed the full Senate on a unanimous vote. The Senate amended HB 852 to replace the House language with the Senate pay raise language.
The amended bill provides:
- $37,000 starting salary for teachers with two years of experience and less ($1,110 raise)
- $1,000 pay raise for certified teachers with three or more years’ experience
- $1,000 pay raise for assistant teachers
All increases are effective July 1, 2021. Senate Education Chair Dennis DeBar has acknowledged that the pay raise is less than he would prefer, and he has pledged to join with the House to conduct a full study over the summer and come back in the next legislative session with a plan to improve teacher pay.
Please join us in thanking Chairman DeBar and the full Senate for their support of our teachers. The bill now will go back to the House where that chamber can concur with the Senate amendment or send the bill to a conference committee for further work.
Other education bills remain on the House and Senate calendars with a March 10 deadline to keep general bills moving forward. Check our bill tracker web page to see the status of all bills we are following, and watch your inbox and our social media pages for important updates.
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