Key committee passes bill supporting new teachers

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Monday, January 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 25, 2016) – The House Committee on Education approved a bill authored by State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) that would allow school districts to devise and implement career development programs.

“The Career Pathways and Mentorship Program would improve educator retention by allowing schools to have the option to recognize and reward those teachers who assume additional roles and responsibilities beyond the classroom,” DeVon said. “We have made progress on this bill and understand that teachers could benefit from the flexibility it grants school districts to devise and implement their own career ladders.”

DeVon said he realizes being a new teacher is challenging and House Bill (HB) 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.

HB 1005 will now go to the Indiana House of Representatives for consideration.

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