DeVon's teacher incentive bill heads to the governor

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Thursday, March 10, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2016) – A bill authored by State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) that would allow school districts to devise and implement their own Career Pathways and Mentorship Program for their teaching faculty is on its way to the governor’s desk.

“Those teachers who go above and beyond by taking on extra roles and leadership positions should be recognized and rewarded,” DeVon said. “This bill would also support teachers during their crucial first two years in the classroom by offering mentorship opportunities with experienced educators as well as protecting their salary raises.”

DeVon said he realizes being a new teacher is challenging and House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1005 includes several provisions to assist that transition. New teachers’ salary raises would be exempted from evaluation during their first two years in the classroom. Currently, state law prevents teachers rated as “needs improvement” or “ineffective” from receiving a pay raise.

Additionally, under the Career Pathways and Mentorship Program, school districts would be given the flexibility to create structured mentorship programs to support newer teachers.

The bill would also allow school corporations the option to offer supplemental pay to teachers who teach advanced placement courses. The decision to exercise the option would be at the complete discretion of individual school district.

The bill also attracts teachers to Indiana by offering reciprocity for their existing out-of-state teaching license if they meet content area requirements.

Moreover, HEA 1005 would establish the Dual Credit Teacher Stipend Matching Grant Fund to assist Indiana schools’ transition to new, more rigorous dual credit accreditation standards. The fund would allow school corporations to apply for stipends up to $4,000 on behalf of teachers studying toward a master’s degree in their dual credit content area.

Additionally, HEA 1005 creates a safer environment for all students by strengthening teacher background checks. It would also establish a second semester voucher enrollment period, which would give students the option to enroll in a different charter school in the second half of the year in the same way public schools currently operate.

To learn more about HEA 1005 visit iga.in.gov/.

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Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents portions of St. Joseph County.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Click here to download a high-definition, on-camera interview with Rep. DeVon regarding HB 1005.