Behning: Grants will provide mentorship, additional pay opportunities for educators

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 26, 2019 9:10 am

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – Hoosier schools can now tap new grant money in order to compensate experienced educators who mentor new teachers after legislation authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) was signed into law.  

Under the new law, school corporations can implement career ladders and mentorship programs, which pair veteran educators with new teachers. Behning said the programs would benefit both new educators needing more guidance, and experienced educators seeking leadership roles and additional compensation while remaining in the classroom.

“Talented teachers are instrumental in helping students succeed in school,” said Behning, chair of the House Education Committee. “Too often, educators look to administrative positions and outside the classroom for opportunities to make more money. These career ladders and mentorship programs provide experienced educators the chance to grow professionally, earn more and continue teaching kids while helping their peers navigate the first years of their careers.” 

According to Behning, educators who leave the profession within the first five years often cite lack of support. He said these mentor programs will provide much-needed guidance and could help close the gaps current professional development programs do not meet. 

Funding for schools to implement these programs will be provided in the state’s biennial budget.

Behning worked with the Indiana State Teachers Association, Teach Plus, Stand for Children and lawmakers on several pieces of legislation, including House Enrolled Act 1008, to encourage highly effective educators to stay in the classroom and mentor newer teachers. 

This law goes into effect July 1. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about House Enrolled Act 1008.  

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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