Many schools in Indiana have finalized significant salary increases for teachers in recent weeks, and although some schools have struggled to strike a deal, most have made deals with their educators before the date. limit set by state.
Indiana lawmakers earmarked funds specifically for teacher salary increases during the 2021 legislative session. Heads of state said they expected schools to pay those dollars to teachers afterwards. protests across the state and country – and the pandemic has increased the workload of educators around the world.
Denny Costerison is the Executive Director of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials. He said schools need to be careful not to incorporate temporary COVID-19 relief funding into their long-term budgets.
“How do we make sure that we are using these dollars as they were meant to be used, and second, that we don’t get into issues that would probably hit us in the future – it might even be two, three, four?” years later, âhe said.
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Costerison said that Indiana schools on the whole have resisted their end of the case using state funding approved this year for teacher compensation.
âWe are seeing a lot of very big percentage increases that we haven’t seen for many years,â he said.
That includes Fort Wayne Community Schools, which are increasing teacher salaries by 4% this year and next. Meanwhile, the Greenwood Community School Corporation is increasing base salaries for teachers and support staff by 10% or more, after the pandemic disrupted increases last year.
But reaching a contractual agreement was not easy for everyone.
According to the Indiana Education Employee Relations Board, 15 school companies did not finalize their bargaining agreements by the state deadline, and at least five of them were appointed state mediators.