McNamara: Key committee passes bill supporting new teachers

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Monday, January 25, 2016

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

“This bill allows veteran teachers to move up the career ladder within the classroom, and offer the invaluable support and mentorship to the new teachers,” McNamara said. “By pairing a veteran teacher with one just starting, the new teacher will have the support they need.”

McNamara said she knows being a new teacher is challenging and House Bill 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.

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

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 State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.