STATEHOUSE (June 13, 2019) – Gov. Eric Holcomb ceremonially signed into law Thursday legislation co-authored by State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) to help increase teacher pay.
Creating clear spending objectives, House Enrolled Act 1003 will strongly encourage Hoosier schools to shift at least 85 percent of state funding toward classroom expenses like teacher pay.
“This effort will lead to more informed decision making, and means more money in the pockets of our educators,” Judy said. “There is no downplaying the importance teachers play in the development of our youth. These are the next generation of Hoosiers that will become parents and part of our workforce, and it’s essential we ensure educators are compensated fairly.”
Teacher pay decisions are made through collective bargaining and budget decisions at the local level. According to Judy, Indiana public schools currently direct, on average, approximately 80 percent of their revenue to the classroom, and if all of Indiana’s traditional public schools meet this new goal, Hoosier teachers statewide could see 5 percent salary increase.
This law will also provide lawmakers with key teacher salary information. This will indicate how education funds are being spent and be used to inform future local and statewide budgeting and policy decisions.
“This information will benefit school administrations, their communities and lawmakers,” Judy said. “Each school is unique and has different financial needs. Providing this data will help ensure every dollar possible makes it to the classroom.”
House Enrolled Act 1003 will go into effect July 1.
State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 83,
which includes portion of Allen and Whitley counties.
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